President Donald Trump signed a bipartisan bill into law Monday, making cruelty to animals a federal crime.
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The Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act, or PACT Act, or murder, prohibits abusive behavior to any non-human mammals, birds, reptiles or amphibians, including crushing, burning, drowning, suffocating, impaling and another bodily injury.
The PACT Act, proposed in January by Democratic Florida Congressman Ted Deutch and his Republican counterpart Vern Buchanan, extends the Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act, passed by Congress in 2010, making it illegal to create and distribute animal videos that crush. The new regulation, however, fills a gap by banning the underlying animal abuse activities, according to the office of Congressman Deutch.
The bill was introduced by the U.S. House of Representatives in October and the following month the Senate followed suit. Just hours after a brave dog was welcomed into the White House, then the president made it official. Conan, last month’s ultimate dog who helped the U.S. military bring down ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Syria, was celebrated in a Rose Garden ceremony by the president.
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