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.
The torture of animals should be a federal crime with stiff penalties. My bill with Democrat @RepTedDeutch has overwhelming bipartisan support. Glad this issue is receiving the attention it deserves. #Sayfie #FlaPol https://t.co/4bhtud7KtL
— Rep. Vern Buchanan (@VernBuchanan) January 28, 2019
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.
#Florida Lawmakers introduce bill which would make animal cruelty a federal felony🙏
🔴Animal cruelty & Human abuse often go hand-in-hand; new legislation, w/ stiffer penalties, will go a long way towards stopping those who commit heinous acts of cruelty
— ThreeDogs Nappin' (@ThreeDogsNappin) January 28, 2019
— Judy Challis (@mymusecalls) January 28, 2019
Yes, this! Recognizing the rights of animals & prosecuting abuse is a small, short, step on the long road to regaining our humanity… #PACT #PACTact #PACTactNOW #weareallthesame #AnimalsAre #HumanityNow https://t.co/UzoZCVhlMz
— LostArtGrrl (@LostArtGrrl) January 28, 2019
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