The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a bill on Tuesday making animal cruelty a federal felony.
S. 479 was introduced in February by Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Penn.).
“Passing this legislation is a major victory in the effort to stop animal cruelty and make our communities safer. Evidence shows that the deranged individuals who harm animals often move on to committing acts of violence against people. It is appropriate that the federal government have strong animal cruelty laws and penalties,” Toomey said in a statement after the vote.
“There is no place in a civilized society for maiming and torturing animals—period,” added Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) in a statement.
The bill would enable federal authorities to prosecute people who purposely crush, burn, drown, suffocate, impale animals, or subject animals to serious bodily injury.
Until tonight, Congress had never passed a comprehensive animal torture law. After years of work, the PACT Act, which I introd with @SenBlumenthal, is now on its way to the presidents desk. It establishes strong penalties for monsters who hurt animals. https://t.co/8NTKL0tsWy
— Senator Pat Toomey (@SenToomey) November 6, 2019
Theres no place in a civilized society for maiming&torturing animals—period. @SenToomey &Ive spent yrs working to hold the barbaric individuals who commit these crimes accountable. Im glad Congress is finally sending the #PACTAct to the Presidents desk to be signed into law.
— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) November 5, 2019
The House unanimously passed the bill, known as the PACT Act, which stands for Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture, on Oct. 23.
“Todays vote is a significant milestone in the bipartisan quest to end animal abuse and protect our pets. This bill sends a clear message that our society does not accept cruelty against animals. Weve received support from so many Americans from across the country and aRead More – Source