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New federal animal cruelty law introduced

If this new bill passes, animal abuse could become a felony nationwide

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Congressmen Vern Buchanan and Ted Deutch have introduced the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act to outlaw and prosecute those involved in the abuse and killing of animals.

PACT builds on the Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act passed in 2010 by closing loopholes and prohibiting cases of animal abuse. While the previous legislation made the creation, sale, and distribution of animal “crushing” videos illegal, these acts of cruelty against animals remain legal.

“The torture of innocent animals is abhorrent and should be punished to the fullest extent of the law,” Buchanan said. “Protecting animals from cruelty is a top priority for me and I look forward to working with Congressman Deutch on this important issue.”

The new legislation will amend the federal criminal code to prohibit intentional acts of crushing, burning, drowning, suffocating, impaling, or otherwise subjecting animals to serious bodily harm. If passed, those prosecuted and convicted will face federal felony charges, fines, and up to seven years in prison.

Sara Amundson, president of the Humane Society Legislative Fund (HSLF), said, “Decades ago, the Federal Bureau of Investigation recognized the seriousness of animal cruelty and its link to escalating violence toward humans. Representatives Deutch and Buchanan are tremendous advocates for animal protection, and we are grateful to them for seeking to eradicate malicious cruelty.”

24 thoughts on “New federal animal cruelty law introduced

  1. Have you considered how some of the terms in this bill might be applied to agriculture? For example, chemicals or hot irons are used to dis-bud the horns of calves. Are ranchers going to be charged with felony cruelty to animals when they use this proven method? This is an HSUS-backed bill, a group that wants to see the end of animal agriculture and even the use of animals as pets. “Impaling” might possibly be applied to some veterinary procedures. Before supporting this bill, I would hope that animal professionals, such as veterinarians, consider very carefully any unintended consequences of its language.

    Carlotta Cooper
    VP, Sportsmen’s & Animal Owners Voting Alliance

    1. The bill states that there are some exceptions, which include hunting, self defense, and veteranary acts, im not sure about agriculture though

  2. How sad. Our federal government is more concerned with bowing to the liberal, radical, HSUS to “save animals” while many states are attempting to legalize infanticide.

    1. You’re a DVM? We all care about infanticide, with the exception of the sadistics on the left, but concern for humane & nonabusive animal treatment/care is centuries overdue.

    2. Pit bull fighting, cock fighting, wife beating, child labor by 5 year olds – all things that were considered ordinary even laudable a few years ago. Just cause it’s common doesn’t make it right
      Please give me an example impaling that vets commonly used to.

      1. Injections for one. Using a Trocar to relieve bloat. Abdominocentesis, Thoracocentesis, Cystocentesis. Give me some time and I’ll think of several more.

    3. Wow…how short sighted. Very sad that one of my own colleagues can’t see the connection between how we treat animals and people (including children in the womb.)

    4. what a stupid comment for a vet to make. Perhaps you should have been an MD instead of a DVM as you aren’t concerned with the torture of animals. Oh that’s right, those animals come to your clinics for treatment so you can make more money so it is OK?

    5. There is NO STATE in the USA advocating legalization of infanticide. Turn off FOX and BREITBART and look up the facts. You’re a DVM, (as am I,) so you should also be capable of reading The Congressional Record.

  3. Long overdue. I have been saving abused and abandon dogs, cats and horses for over 15 years and in 2 States. It is about time these innocent creatures will no longer suffer at the hands of those who feel they are things to abuse, torture and discard. It says a lot about a society that allows abuse of animals to continue. And perhaps we can look at another way to kill cows that is not so horrid (electric shock up the anus After first hanging them on a hook and cutting their necks.). This also shows children that these creatures are not here to hurt but to exist with us.

    1. Stop making up garbage to support your radical agenda. Have you ever tried to hang a 1200 pound cow from a hook? as it thrashes, kicks, and crushes everyone in range? Yeah, thought as much. If it ever happened, it was a staged event by PETA (as was the infamous “downed cow” incident).

  4. If it is backed by the HSUS, it is a scam, they are out to end all animal ownership just like Peta, HSUS has been busted by the FBI for racketeering, Dont let these Vegan morons pressure you, Most donations go to offshore accounts to pad their 401K’s

  5. Just another ploy by politicos to payback their radical animal worshiping donors. All animal welfare is thinly disguised pantheism: worship and veneration of animals as if they were higher than humans. For a reality check, read Psalm 8. This society is wacko if abortion and infanticide and legal, and these idiots are worried about a few disposable animals.

    1. Paul G. Miller PhD, DVM you call yourself a vet. Where to you practice? If you think that these are a few disposable animals, you need to find another line of work. I looked you up and don’t see that you have a practice.

      1. HI ch. I’m retired from being an Avian Diagnostician. Currently am working in avian vaccine development. There’s more to Veterinary Medicine than small animal practice, and many ways this profession can be of service to mankind. Laws as described are nothing more than trouble just waiting to happen. As indicated, people are really what count; animals are merely for our use, and that includes entertainment (as anyone cares to describe it). Thanks for your reply.

  6. I can’t believe all the vitriol and hateful comments over an article concerning punishing people who abuse animals. Furthermore, torturing animals has nothing to do with human abortion. It’s not like we have to pick one of them to get behind.

  7. I was charged with animal cruelty after leaving my 16 1/2 year old husky/shepherd outside in fifty degree weather. At 15 1/2 years old my vet recommended medication for arthritis instead of euthanizing her. I spent the last year of my dogs life cleaning up her incontinence indoors at night and trying to walk her far enough to produce BMs. Seriously, a felony. I’ll be on probation for another year under the state law and that was a misdeameaner. And there were protesters in the courtroom supporting animal rights. What about mine?

  8. It’s time our government did something to protect our animals. They are like children who have no control to what someone does to them. My animals are NOT purely for use, as was stated above. They are blessings to me from God above that I’m to take care of,love and protect just like children. God gives them to us the same as children and I see no difference in keeping them safe just as we are to keep our children safe.

  9. I believe this should have happen a long time ago. Sure hope that your up to see this happen. What a happy time this will be for our society and the U.S.

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