President Trump signs animal cruelty bill

Abusing animals is now a federal crime. President Trump signed the ‘PACT Act,’ Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act, into law Monday.

Animal rights activists were there with him in the Oval Office. President Trump called it a ‘very important signing.’  He said this bill would help people be ‘more responsible and humane stewards of our planet.’

Federal law had previously only prohibited animal fighting and only criminalized animal cruelty if the wrongdoers create and sell videos depicting the act.

Katie King with the Humane Society of South Mississippi tells News 25 that this act could be a ‘game changer’ in their fight versus animal cruelty. “We do see this come into the shelter, which is just unreal. It does happen. So, hopefully this will deter people from doing these heinous crimes.”

Under the PACT Act, a person can be prosecuted for crushing, burning, drowning, suffocating, or impaling animals or sexually exploiting them.

Those convicted would face federal felony charges, fines, and up to seven years in prison.

The act is also expected to come with expanded funding at the federal level for animal cruelty.

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