BREAKING VIDEO: Trump Signs Law Making Animal Cruelty a Federal Crime

Monday, President Trump signed the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act, or PACT Act, at the White House on Monday, making animal cruelty a federal crime.

“Passing this legislation is a major victory in the effort to stop animal cruelty and make our communities safer,” said Senator Pat Toomey, earlier this month.


Rep. Ted Deutch wrote:

Animal cruelty is no longer just unacceptable. It is now illegal.

With the President’s signature moments ago of the , animal abuse is finally a federal crime in the US.

Americans have long supported stronger animal welfare protections. Now our laws reflect these values.

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People reports horrible acts of animal cruelty are now federal crimes.

President Trump signed the Protect Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act, H.R. 724, into law on Monday, after the bill received bipartisan support in both the Senate and the House of Representatives.

The new law takes “the worst and most malicious acts of animal cruelty, including crushing, burning, drowning, suffocating and impaling,” and makes them federal crimes in America, according to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

This new law closes a loophole left behind by the Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act, enacted in 2010. The Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act, bans the “the creation, sale and distribution of obscene videos that show live animals” being tortured and killed, which helps to protect animals from unspeakable crimes, but only allows federal prosecutors to go after those who create videos of animal cruelty.

Now, with the PACT Act becoming law, the FBI and other federal agencies can arrest and prosecute those who torture and kill innocent animals, regardless of whether the offenders made a video of the abuse or not.

“America’s beloved pets are safer thanks to the passage of the PACT Act by President Trump and Congress,” Lea Berman, founder of Creatures Great and Small and former Social Secretary for the George W. Bush administration, said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE. “It will finally be a federal crime to abuse or torture animals, a recognition of how valuable animals are to us, not only as pets but as service animals, law enforcement support, and loyal companions.”

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