Trump signs bill into law making animal cruelty a federal felony

linda2147

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WASHINGTON D.C., DC — Animal cruelty is a federal felony.

President Trump signed the bill, Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act, into law Monday evening. He called the bill a "very important piece of legislation."

The PACT Act criminalizes specific acts of animal cruelty such as "animal crushing" or purposefully crushing, burning, drowning, suffocating, impaling living non-human mammals, birds, reptiles or amphibians.

The now law also makes selling, marketing, advertising, exchanging or distributing "animal crush videos" illegal. The legislation expands on a 2010 law that targeted videos depicting the crushing or torturing of animals, but that did not prohibit the underlying conduct.

A person convicted under the PACT Act could spend up to seven years in prison.

The bill was approved unanimously in Senate Monday afternoon, following the House's lead, and passed to the President's desk.

Shortly before signing, President Trump noted the significance of the PACT Act and said the timing was appropriate as he had welcomed K-9 Conan, a Delta Force dog injured in a raid that killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, into the White House earlier Monday.

An array of animal rights groups attended a signing ceremony Monday in the Oval Office. Holly Gann of the Animal Wellness Foundation says the legislation will “better protect some of the most vulnerable among us.”
 

CatMom1994

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Finally! This is a huge victory for many animals in America, one that was long overdue. I always worry Congress will never tackle animal cruelty, so it is a nice surprise too.
 

CatMom1994

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I highly doubt it will register a blip on how many people support Trump next year. People are more interested in unborn babies than living animals.
 

CatMom1994

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People on another forum think Trump has nothing to do with this because Obama started it. I disagree because he signed the bill.
 

laugher

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Very promising to see that the legislation uses "non-human animals" as opposed to just "animals." This assumed superiority that allows us to think that we're not animals is one of the key factors when it comes to animal (non-human) cruelty. In fact, some sociologists have been arguing for quite some time now that we need to encourage the use of "non-human" animals to sensitize the general public (See: Sociology: The Essentials). If it is used in law, it is soon likely to be used in schools, too (Hopefully).
I understand "animal crushing" refers to a specific act, but I think it is still semantically quite broad to subsume cruel livestock practices or meat-production techniques, without running the risk of diluting the issue of crushing.

Thanks for sharing! :)
 

CatMom1994

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The only purpose of including "non-human" is to differentiate it from second term abortions, which require crushing parts of the fetus to take it out of the mother's body.
 

laugher

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The only purpose of including "non-human" is to differentiate it from second term abortions, which require crushing parts of the fetus to take it out of the mother's body.
Nonetheless, the use of "non-human" can have other welcome consequences :)
 


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