Official: The PACT Act – which provides the first ever comprehensive federal prohibition against animal torture & abuse – is law. For 5 yrs, @SenBlumenthal, @HumaneSociety, & I have worked to get this done. Appreciate everyone who helped us along the way! https://t.co/q2HMeuoCBx
— Senator Pat Toomey (@SenToomey) November 25, 2019
The news broke Monday, “President Trump signs Executive Order classifying Animal Cruelty” as a Felony. This should come as remarkable news to those who have witnessed abuses in their own communities or been shocked and saddened by the horrific television commercials depicting some of the worst acts imaginable. The following, from The Epoch Times, November 25, 2019, addresses a practice called, “crushing” as well as the sale of videos depicting images of such animal torture. More common types of animal abuse, perpetrated in front of concerned neighbors and law-enforcement, have been hamstrung by laws at the local level that have no “teeth”.
The new Federal law provides: – “(e) No preemption.- Nothing in this section shall be construed to preempt the law of any State or local subdivision thereof to protect animals”116th Congress H.R, 724
County and State laws may differ in that they contain more severe penalties for animal cruelty. Misdemeanor or felony classification along with potential fines and imprisonment may be more inclusive and stringent. The new Executive Order does not interfere with the execution of pre-existing laws designed to protect animals. In fact, it adds to the States’ power to enforce them.
President Donald Trump signed a bipartisan bill into law on Nov. 25 that makes animal cruelty a federal felony.
The law, Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act, would allow federal authorities to prosecute people engaged in a heinous form of animal abuse known as ‘crushing,’ where individuals maim and torture animals.
PACT Act was introduced by Sens. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Richard Blumenthal’s (D-Conn.) and was unanimously passed in the Senate on Nov. 5 and the House on Oct. 23.
During the signing, Trump said he was pleased to sign the PACT Act * into law. He said, ‘we have the responsibility to honor the dignity of God’s creation. With today’s Act we take the critical step of being more responsible and humane stewards of our planet.’
Toomey called the enacting of the legislation a ‘major victory’ for the protection of animals from abuse while Blumenthal said he was ‘grateful’ to see it signed into law.
‘The barbaric torture of animals has no place in a civilized society and should be a crime—and thanks to this new law, now it is,’ Blumenthal said in a statement.
The Humane Society of the United States welcomed the news in a statement describing it as a ‘defining moment’ for animal protection in the country. The animal welfare organization said that while 50 states have laws against animal cruelty, there was no federal ban, causing a gap in the law. The new law will provide federal authorities with the tools and resources to go after individuals who commit such acts within federal jurisdiction.
‘The approval of this measure by the Congress and the president marks a new era in the codification of kindness to animals within federal law. For decades, a national anti-cruelty law was a dream for animal protectionists. Today, it is a reality,’ Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, said in a statement.
The new law expands on a 2010 law that bans the sale of videos depicting animal crushing. It would ensure that individuals who are found guilty of torturing animals face felony charges, fines, and up to seven years in prison.
* Cruelty to animals is a pre-cursor to violence in the home and in the history of hardened criminals.