President Trump to sign the PACT Act, criminalizing certain acts of animal cruelty

President Donald Trump is expected to sign into law the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act.

Trump is scheduled to sign the bill at in the Oval Office on Monday afternoon.

Once signed, an offender of the law can be prosecuted for burning, drowning, suffocating and impaling animals and sexually exploiting them.

This bill also revises and expands criminal provisions with respect to animal crushing.

It retains existing criminal offenses that prohibit knowingly creating or distributing an animal crush video using interstate commerce. The bill also adds a new provision to criminalize an intentional act of animal crushing.

A violator is subject to criminal penalties — a fine, a prison term of up to seven years, or both. The PACT Act will allow federal authorities to pursue people suspected of violating the law without being bound to certain states’ laws.

Senator Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and Senator Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., sponsored the bipartisan bill earlier this month in the U.S. Senate, which passed unanimously.

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