In Texas and across the United States, some examples of animal cruelty are now official felonies. Per the U.S. House of Representatives, a new bill clarifies the fact that Americans are against cruelty to animals. Numerous American citizens have expressed their support of the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act, or PACT. People from various political parties are in favor of the bill. Rep. Ted Deutch, a Democrat representing Florida, mentioned that he is grateful for all the Americans who helped the House pass the bill. However, the Senate still needs to vote, and the bill will require President Trump's signature.
The new bill expands the former 2010 Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act, which prohibited the making of videos depicting "animal crushing." The PACT Act adds new regulations that were not included in the previous 2010 bill. For instance, the new bill states that animal crushing is now a federal crime. The act regulates federal property and interstate commerce but does not regulate local laws related to animal cruelty.
Rep. Vern Buchanan, another representative from Florida, mentioned that it is disgusting to torture innocent animals. She added that people who torture animals should be punished according to the fullest extent of the law. Sara Amundson, the current president of the Humane Society Legislative Fund, was pleased that the Congress voted in favor of the PACT Act. She mentioned that she came across horrible instances of cruelty to animals during her 30 years of employment.
Amundson said the new bill will help prosecutors enforce laws protecting animals from violent acts. A criminal defense lawyer may assist in defending individuals who have been accused of federal crimes.