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Senate Unanimously Passes Bill That Makes Animal Cruelty A Federal Felony

Senate Unanimously Passes Bill That Makes Animal Cruelty A Federal Felony

The bill has been welcomed by all animal lovers and it could now make certain types of animal cruelty a federal felony.

Recently, the US Senate unanimously passed a bill that made certain kinds of animal cruelty a federal felony, reported CNN.

The bill was signed on Tuesday that, if it turns into law, it would make animal cruelty a federal felony and the accused will be punishable by fines and can face up to seven years in prison.



 

 

The bipartisan bill is sponsored by Senator Pat Toomey, who hails from the Republic of Pennsylvania and Senator Richard Blumenthal, Democrat of Connecticut. It has received unanimous support and is now headed to the desk of President Trump. 

The legislation named Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act focuses on increasing the penalty for people who make videos showing animals being crushed, burned, drowned, suffocated or tortured.

When women appear on these videos, they make sure their faces are shielded and they are seen torturing animals by stomping or impaling them with stiletto heels. As reported by NY Times.



 

 

The bill was passed by the House of Representatives last month and it does not apply to the people who slaughter animals for food or to those who hunt, trap and fish.

Blumenthal took to Twitter and said, "There’s no place in a civilized society for maiming & torturing animals — period. Evidence shows that deranged individuals who harm animals often move on to committing acts of violence against people.”



 

 

The bill has also helped expand the animal welfare laws and has ensured animal abusers could serve a long prison sentence if found guilty. This law was supposed to be signed by former President Barack Obama back in 2010 but it didn't go through because Congress failed to make it happen, despite there being several cases where there was overwhelming evidence of torture of animals by human beings.



 

 

Representative Ted Deutch, Democrat of Florida said in a statement, "This bill sends a clear message that our society does not accept cruelty against animals."

According to a report by Animal Legal Defense Fund, there are many laws defending and protecting animals at the state level and now the Federal authorities will also have the approval to go after the guilty if President Trump approves it. 



 

 

Holly Gann, the director of federal affairs at Animal Wellness Action and the Animal Wellness Foundation said, "We as a nation should have no tolerance for animal abuse." Another survey by The Humane Survey cited that around 71 percent of domestic abuse victims said that their abusers also targeted their pets. 



 

 

Kitty Block, the CEO of The Humane Society and Sara Amundson, president of the organization’s legislative fund said that the passing of the bill is a huge victory in a blog post on Tuesday.

They wrote, "The bill now heads to President Trump’s desk and we hope he will quickly sign it into law. The sooner we can bring those who commit unspeakable acts of violence against innocent animals to justice, the safer our world will be for everyone.”

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