Two Florida lawmakers are reintroducing a bill that would make animal cruelty a felony across the United States. The Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act will convict abusers for “crushing, burning, drowning, suffocating and impaling animals.”
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The Epoch Times It’s about time. For how long have we watched on as perpetrators of animal abuse have escaped scot-free? If two Florida lawmakers have their way, then a slap on the wrist for animal abuse will be a thing of the past.
The reintroduced bill will make animal cruelty a felony. What this translates to is a prison sentence of up to seven years for those who commit these crimes—along with a heavy fine.
U.S. Representatives Vern Buchanan and Ted Deutch are behind the push, and in a statement, Buchanan said, “The torture of innocent animals is abhorrent and should be punished to the fullest extent of the law. Protecting animals from cruelty is a top priority for me and I look forward to working with Congressman Deutch on this important issue.”
Deutch tweeted, “We will get this done. It’s bipartisan, common-sense policy that will protect our animals.” The Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act of 2010 already prohibits the trading of obscene “crush” videos, but is only limited to people who create the footage.
The Humane Society Legislative Fund supports the measure, noting that while most states consider certain acts of animal cruelty a felony, some penalties are still considered misdemeanors. The bill earned 284 bipartisan co-sponsors and more than 200 law enforcement endorsements in the previous session of Congress, according to the group. However, former Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) kept it from coming to the floor for a vote. Goodlatte is in Congress and supporters of the measure are more optimistic about its chances of passing this time around.
A previous law to protect animals, the Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act, and outlaws producing gruesome videos of animal abuse.