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Animal Abuse May Become a Federal Felony

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  • Florida Congressmen Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., and Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., paired up on the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act that would make animal cruelty a federal felony
  • The congressmen noted that their bill is “commonsense, bipartisan legislation” that would bring compassion to the present animal laws and make such acts of cruelty a crime
  • Animal cruelty laws enacted on December 9, 2010 have been called “limited in scope,” and didn’t go far enough to ensure the criminals responsible are punished, even in “heinous” circumstances
  • “Crush videos,” which show incidents of animals being tortured or killed, often for the sexual gratification of viewers, began emerging in the 1990s and explain the urgency for the proposed legislation
  • Research reportedly shows that if someone is capable of harming an animal, there’s a “good chance they also are hurting or will hurt a human”



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