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Florida Congressmen Introduce Federal Animal Cruelty Ban

Paws Up! To Congressmen Buchanan and Deutch (FL) for introducing the PACT Act, which would impose federal felony charges for animal abuse, including up to seven years in prison.

February 7, 2019

Two Florida Congressmen, Rep. Vern Buchanan and Rep. Ted Deutch, have introduced a bill that would finally enable federal agents to enforce animal cruelty laws above the state level. The Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act, or “The PACT Act,” which was introduced in the House of Representatives at the end of January, would criminalize any act that intentionally causes serious harm to an animal. Perpetrators could face federal felony charges, fines, and up to seven years in prison if convicted.

While all fifty states have their own animal cruelty laws, no federal law has ever been passed. This new federal law would help prosecutors charge and convict animal abusers who cross state lines. Also, federal law enforcement officials will be better able to recognize and monitor patterns of abuse, as studies show that most animal abusers have harmed or will harm humans as well.

Take Action: Contact your representatives and implore them to support the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act so that animal abuse can be stopped at the federal level. Better protections for animals will make better lives for animals in the future!

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6 responses to “Florida Congressmen Introduce Federal Animal Cruelty Ban”

  1. Linda Garcia, Monrovia, Ca. says:

    I’m so glad to hear this! It’s sad, I was just reading that South Dakota won’t pass a law for animal cruelty! Every state should have the federal law, Animals are helpless n thefore, need us to help them! GOD BLEES ALL ANIMALS and GOD BLESS Florida for passing this law!

  2. Linda Savage says:

    Please toughen up our animal cruelty laws. Terrible abuse to animals is ongoing and the perpetrators never get punished.

  3. Fiona Coat Nolan says:

    I am so happy to hear about this – all states in America should do the same.

  4. Cynthia Scionti says:

    Please pass the PACT act. Animals need to be protected!

  5. NancyBrighteyes KeislingMiller says:

    its about time , my personal opinion is if it lives or breathes , its alive ( unless itsa bug ) and should be treated the same as a human , if you hurt it , abuse it , misuse it , starve it just plain Kill it then it should be Mandatory prison time , these animals give us unconditional love no questions asked and some people abuse this to the sense that they beat , starve or neglect

  6. Audrey Samelson says:

    People need to be educated. ANIMALS ARE NOT THINGS!! THEY EXPERIENCE THE SAME THINGS WE DO! tHEY FEEL PAIN, THEY FEEL FEAR,THEY HAVE FAMILIES THEY LOVE, THEY DESERVE TO LIVE LIFE AS THEY WERE INTENDED TO. MAN HAS NO RIGHT TO KILL THEM. THEY WERE HERE BEFORE US .WE TOOK THEIR LAND AND NOW HUMANS KILL THEM IF THEY SEARCH FOR FOOD AND SHELTER. hOW CAN THESE PEOPLE SAY THEY BELIEVE IN GOD IF THEY KILL HIS WILDLIFE CREATIONS.EVERYTHING ON EARTH HAS ITS REASON FOR BEING HERE. MAN HAS NO RIGHT TO KILL OUR WILDLIFE!!

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