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Proposed law would make animal cruelty a federal felony

By Theresa Braine as published on NYDailyNews.com

It would be a felony under the PACT Act to crush, burn, drown, suffocate, impale or sexually exploit animals

“I wonder if this would apply to wild horses and burros being used, abused and killed by the mismanagement of the BLM and their contractors?” ~ R.T.

BLM Removing Native Wild Horses from Nevada’s Antelope Complex ~ photo by Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

U.S. House of Representatives are looking to make animal cruelty a federal crime.

A bipartisan bill proposed in the U.S. House of Representatives would make animal cruelty a federal felony, punishable by up to seven years jail time, as well as fines.

Florida representatives Ted Deutch and Vern Buchanan re-introduced the bill called the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act to broaden issues of animal cruelty that cross state lines, CNN reported.

It would be a felony under the PACT Act to crush, burn, drown, suffocate, impale or sexually exploit animals, CNN summarized. It builds on previous legislation that has outlawed the videotaping of such cruelty.

“This is commonsense, bipartisan legislation to bring some compassion to our animal laws,” Deutch said in a statement. “We’ve acted in the past to stop the horrific trend of animal abuse videos; now it’s time to make the underlying acts of cruelty a crime as well.”

While videotaping these acts has been illegal since 2010, Buchanan noted in a statement about the new bill, the underlying acts are technically federally illegal.

The PACT Act will address that.

“It’s bipartisan, common-sense policy that will protect our animals,” Deutch, a Democrat, said in a tweet.

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

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

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  1. Hate to say this, RT – but the excuse would be they are “livestock”, right? There just doesnt seem to be any kind of protection for our wild animals – any of them. And honestly, whats being done to domestic “livestock” in these factory farms – sure does tell the truth about this country’s treatment of animals.


  2. I know that most of us have written and called our senators and congressional reps until we have blisters on our fingers and are blue in the face BUT Wild Horse Annie and many other animals advocates dedicated a big part of their lives to fight for compassion for animals. We cannot give up!

    Think about it: There is some reason why we have decided to be advocates on our issues of concern. It likely affects you directly in some deeply personal way. That is the message you need to relay to your elected officials.

    Take a look at your/our legislators past record toward animals (link below). Thank those that have shown they DO care and also write to those that obviously do NOT care and let them also know you are watching them and want them to fight FOR animal rights every single chance they get.

    AWI’s Compassion Index is a searchable database that tracks members’ cosponsorship of and votes on animal welfare bills. https://awionline.org/compassion-index#/legislators



  3. Would not “livestock” be covered under this as well?
    It seems that the millions of sentient animals being produced so inhumanely for human consumption should have some protection… to include horses and burros in this” livestock”category is ridiculous of course, but whatever it takes to put the kill buyers on the chopping block to be held accountable for prosecution….

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  4. Judge upholds protection for gray wolves in California

    A California judge on Monday upheld protection for gray wolves under the state’s Endangered Species Act, rejecting a legal challenge from ranchers and farmers who fear the predators will threaten their livestock.

    The judge in San Diego ruled that California was right to list the wolves as endangered in 2014. A lawsuit on behalf of the California Farm Bureau Federation and the California Cattlemen’s Association argued the listing was arbitrary because there are so few wolves in the state.

    The suit was filed to give ranchers “more flexibility in co-existing with wolves,” said Jim Houston, the farm bureau’s manager of legal and governmental affairs.

    A wolf known as OR-7 made headlines in 2011 when it traveled south from Oregon — making it the first known wolf in California since 1924.

    The lawsuit suit brought by the Pacific Legal Foundation alleged it wasn’t known whether the wolves that entered the state are the same subspecies originally native to California and that the commission failed to perform a population analysis of the species’ natural range. The foundation also didn’t respond to a request for comment.


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  5. “Representatives Deutch and Buchanan are tremendous advocates for animal protection, and we are grateful to them for seeking to eradicate malicious cruelty.” God bless them!

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