Animal abuse can earn 7 yrs jail in US

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What can bring a Republican and a Democrat together? The answer is love for animals. Two Congressmen from the opposing parties proposed a new bill which can turn animal abuse into a federal felony. A federal felony is a serious crime, which is investigated by the FBI and, is prosecuted in federal courts. Crimes like kidnapping and tax evasion also classified as federal crimes in the United States.

Bestiality no more

The Congressmen Ted Deutch, a Democrat, and Vern Buchanan proposed this new bill called the PACT Act (Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture). According to it, anyone convicted of bestiality or of “crushing, burning, drowning, suffocating or impaling animals” would face federal charges, heavy fines and up to seven years in prison.

“The torture of animals should be a federal crime with stiff penalties. My bill with Democrat Rep. Ted Deutch ​has overwhelming bipartisan support. Glad this issue is receiving the attention it deserves,” said Buchanan on Twitter. Deutch who has also been championing gun regulation, has now taken on the new cause which might find more takers.

 

However, this bill however exempts hunting which is common across the country. While U.S. has many laws that forbid animal cruelty, this Act can close in the gaps, as they will now be common at the national level. It can also bring such crimes committed across the state lines, and prosecute more offenders.

Federal Law already prohibits animal fighting and criminalizes animal cruelty if the wrongdoers create and sell videos of the act. Animal lovers across the world are delighted with the move and hope that the PACT Act is passed to turn it into a law.

 

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