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Toomey-Blumenthal animal cruelty bill signed into law


President Donald Trump has signed into law U.S. Sens. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Richard Blumenthal’s (D-Conn.) bipartisan ¬ Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act – legislation that outlaws a form of animal abuse known as “crushing,” where deranged individuals maim and torture animals.

“Enacting this legislation into law is a major victory in the effort to protect animals from abuse,” said Toomey. “I am pleased President Trump signed the PACT Act into law so that the federal government can charge and prosecute those who torture animals. Getting this legislation across the finish line would not have been possible without Sen. Blumenthal’s partnership and tremendous support from numerous animal advocate organizations for nearly five years.”

The U.S. Senate passed the PACT Act unanimously on Nov. 5, and the U.S. House of Representatives passed it on Oct. 23.

Despite taking steps in 2010 to ban the sale of videos depicting animal crushing, Congress failed to make the underlying act of crushing a federal crime. The PACT Act is the first federal legislation of its kind and would ensure that individuals found guilty of torturing animals face felony charges, fines, and up to seven years in prison.

The PACT Act is endorsed by the Humane Society of the United States, Animal Wellness Action, National Sheriffs’ Association, Fraternal Order of Police, and the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys.

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