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.
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.”