(PACT) Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act
On November 6, a bill designed to make extreme acts of animal cruelty a felony was unanimously passed by the Senate. The Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act (PACT) was previously passed by the House and has been signed into law by President Trump.
PACT has enjoyed broad bipartisan support and when it becomes a federal law, it will allow the FBI and Federal law enforcement agencies the authority to crack down on cases of extreme cruelty, such as bestiality and other malicious and extreme animal cruelty crimes.
Rep. Ted Deutch, quoted in NPR, states, "This bill has received so much bipartisan support because Americans care about animal welfare. We form deep relationships with our companion animals, and are rightfully outraged by cases of animal abuse."
Violators of PACT will face felony charges, with fines and up to seven years in prison.
This is a huge win for the animals.
Read More about PACT here.