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Donald Trump Signs Federal Ban On Animal Cruelty

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Donald Trump Signs Federal Ban On Animal Cruelty

Donald Trump Signs Federal Ban On Animal Cruelty

On Monday, President Trump signed a new bill, the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act, which is a new federal ban on animal cruelty.

(PACT)is a bipartisan initiative that bans the intentional suffocating, crushing, burning, drowning, or other serious harm to “living non-human mammals, birds, reptiles, or amphibians.” This also includes “animal crush videos,” meaning any photograph, motion picture film, video or digital recording that depicts animal cruelty, according to NPR.

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The cruelty to animals is not only a federal crime under the new law, but penalty for violating the law can include a fine and a prison term of up to seven years or both!

The measure was initially introduced in the House by Ted Deutch, D-Fla., and Vern Buchanan, R-Fla. Now, although every state already has laws criminalizing animal cruelty, they argued that the lack of federal legislation made it difficult to prosecute animal cruelty cases that span different states or jurisdictions.

“PACT makes a statement about American values. Animals are deserving of protection at the highest level,” Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, said in a statement. “I’m grateful to see the PACT Act finally signed into law.”

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