Republicans and Democrats in the Senate were able to come together on Tuesday over a topic that is important to everyone — the safety of animals.
The PACT Act, which would make animal cruelty a federal felony, was sponsored by Rep. Ted Deutch, a Democrat, and Rep. Vern Buchanan, a Republican, both from Florida.
Sen. Pat Toomey, a Republican from Pennsylvania and Sen Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from Connecticut, also played important parts in getting the bill through Congress.
Until tonight, Congress had never passed a comprehensive animal torture law. After years of work, the PACT Act, which I intro’d with @SenBlumenthal, is now on its way to the president's desk. It establishes strong penalties for monsters who hurt animals. https://t.co/8NTKL0tsWy
— Senator Pat Toomey (@SenToomey) November 6, 2019
Current laws ban the distribution of videos showing animals being tortured, but they do not prohibit the actual acts themselves. PACT makes any kind of extreme acts of cruelty that occurs in interstate commerce or on federal property a crime. It also addresses the disgusting problem of sexual abuse of animals.
Not only did politicians from both sides of the aisle support the bill, but so did law enforcement agencies. The Fraternal Order of Police and the National Sheriffs’ Association chose to endorse the bill because of the connection between people who abuse animals and then go on to commit acts of violence against people.
The bill now goes to President Trump to sign into law.
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