House passes legislation to make animal cruelty a felony

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (CNN) – House lawmakers have passed a bill that makes animal cruelty a federal felony.

The so-called “Pact Act” specifically bans crushing, burning, drowning and impaling animals, among other things.

It would also allow officials to go after suspected animal abusers who cross state lines.

But according to its co-sponsor, Republican Congressman Vern Buchanan, it would also close a big loophole.

His office says the bill would specifically ban animal cruelty recorded on video.

Previous laws have delegalized creating and selling those videos but not the act of cruelty in them.

Another co-sponsor of the bill, Democrat Ted Deutch, says the legislation sends a clear message that our society doesn’t accept animal cruelty.

Violations of the bill could lead to prison for up to 7 years.

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(This story was originally published on October 22, 2019)

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