The US Senate unanimously pass the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act, which makes animal cruelty a federal crime. The bipartisan bill, which was passed Tuesday afternoon, has been sent to President Trump’s desk for his signature.
“Passing this legislation is a major victory in the effort to stop animal cruelty and make our communities safer,” said Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., who sponsored the bill in the Senate along with Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. “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.”
If the president signs it, it will become a federal law. “There is no place in a civilized society for maiming and torturing animals – period,” Blumenthal added. “Senator Toomey and I have spent years working to hold the barbaric individuals who commit these crimes accountable, and I’m glad that Congress is now finally sending our bill to the president’s desk to be signed into law.”
This bill was welcome by both the president and CEO of the Humane Society, Kitty Block, and the head of the Humane Society Legislative Fund, Sara Amundson.
Animal cruelty is now a federal crime
Block and Amundson said in a statement on the Humane society’s website that “the passage of this bill is a well-deserved victory for us and our colleagues at the Humane Society of the United States’ Animal Protection Litigation division, who were instrumental in helping the sponsors draft this legislation and have led the fight to pass the PACT Act for almost a decade now’’ “We applaud Sens. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., for their persistence and leadership on seeing this bill through’’.