The PACT Act has now passed both the House and the Senate. It is on its way to President Trump’s desk for his signature.
Immediate action requested: Please call the White House switchboard at (202) 456-1414 and ask to leave a comment stating that the president should sign the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act into law.
“Animal crush videos” depict live animals being crushed, burned, drowned, suffocated, or impaled. The creation and distribution of these obscene videos were outlawed by Congress in 2010. Unfortunately, perpetrators who actually inflict this heinous abuse are not subject to prosecution under federal law. The Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act would close that loophole, making it a federal crime to engage in animal crushing on federal property or in interstate commerce — where the federal government has jurisdiction. While federal laws against animal fighting are already on the books, this is the first bill to outlaw animal cruelty at the federal level. Penalties would include felony charges, fines, and up to seven years in prison.