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President Trump Signs Bill making Animal Cruelty A Felony

It’s a huge week for animal rights as animal cruelty has officially become a federal felony after President Donald Trump signed the bill into law on Monday.

The bipartisan bill, known as the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act, criminalizes certain acts of animal cruelty to crack down on the heinous act.

It will make it a federal crime for “any person to intentionally engage in animal crushing if the animals or animal crushing is in, substantially affects, or uses a means or facility of, interstate or foreign commerce,” according to a fact sheet of the bill.

“Passing this legislation is a major victory in the effort to stop animal cruelty and make our communities safer,” Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., explained earlier this month when the bill passed in the Senate.

“Evidence shows that the deranged individuals who harm animals often move on to committing acts of violence against people. It is appropriate that the federal government have strong animal cruelty laws and penalties.”

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The bill is an expansion on the 2010 Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act, which made the creation and distribution of “animal crushing” videos illegal.

The historic law has been praised by the president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, Kitty Block, and the head of the Humane Society Legislative Fund, Sara Amundson.

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“PACT makes a statement about American values. Animals are deserving of protection at the highest level,” Block explained in a statement.

“The approval of this measure by the Congress and the president marks a new era in the codification of kindness to animals within federal law. For decades, a national anti-cruelty law was a dream for animal protectionists. Today, it is a reality.”

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