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Fri Sep 20, 2019, 11:23 AM

New bill would make extreme animal cruelty a federal felony

The PACT Act has been reintroduced by Florida lawmakers as a way to help put an end to animal cruelty. Learn more about this proposed federal bill.

At the end of January, two lawmakers from Florida proposed the reintroduction of a bill that would make extreme animal cruelty a federal offense. While federal law currently prohibits animal fighting and the act of videotaping acts of animal cruelty, there are loopholes that allow animal abuse that occurs on federal land and in interstate commerce. Congressman Ted Deutch and Vern Buchanan think the PACT (Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture) Act will close this gap.

Each state is currently responsible for prosecuting malicious acts of animal cruelty that occur within their state lines. But if the criminal is caught in a different state than where he committed the abuse, he cannot be prosecuted for animal cruelty. The PACT Act allows federal prosecutors to pursue charges against those who committed abuses before crossing state lines, as well as in online forums, national parks or on military bases, reserves or any other federal lands. The bill would pertain to anyone who intentionally crushes, burns, drowns, suffocates, impales or sexually exploits animals, or otherwise subjects them to serious bodily harm.

According to Rep. Deutch, this is a “bipartisan, common-sense policy that will protect our animals. We’ve acted in the past to stop the horrific trend of animal abuse videos; now it’s time to make the underlying acts of cruelty a crime as well.” Those prosecuted under the PACT Act would face federal felony charges, fines and up to seven years in prison.

https://animalwellnessmagazine.com/pact-act/


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Runningdawg Sep 20 #2
Duppers Sep 22 #4
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The Mouth Sep 24 #5

Response to douglas9 (Original post)

Fri Sep 20, 2019, 11:55 AM

1. I am rooting for this bill. Although we need more comprehensive animal welfare legislation at the

federal level, including mandated no kill shelters throughout the US, this is something that sends
a message.

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Response to douglas9 (Original post)

Fri Sep 20, 2019, 12:38 PM

2. What we need is enforcement

Last New Years Eve at a club in Tulsa OK the house band stomped to death a live baby possum onstage to the cheers of the crowd. The DA refused to prosecute.

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Response to Runningdawg (Reply #2)

Sun Sep 22, 2019, 03:43 AM

4. This is sickening.

What the hell is the matter with people. Is it coming down to stomping to death kittens, puppies? There's a distinction but only in degree. Something terrible is wrong with anyone who is gleefully watches any living thing's pain and demise.

I might make an exception tRump humpers.

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Response to douglas9 (Original post)

Fri Sep 20, 2019, 12:41 PM

3. good. hopefully that means we can take their guns away, too.

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Response to mopinko (Reply #3)

Tue Sep 24, 2019, 04:37 PM

5. Agreed

I like guns, and have a bunch.

Anyone who would commit acts of cruelty against an animal should not have any.

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