Good news! The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act (H.R. 724)!
Thank you to everyone who took action and contacted their representative!
We greatly appreciate Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) and Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL) for sponsoring the bill, and Iowa’s own Rep. Abby Finkenauer (D-IA01), Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA02), and Rep. Cindy Axne (D-IA03) for cosponsoring and supporting this commonsense legislation.
The PACT Act will strengthen the 2010 Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act that criminalized the creation and distribution of horrific “crush videos,” but not the actual acts of animal cruelty within such videos. The PACT Act will make it a federal crime for “any person to intentionally engage in animal crushing if the animals or animal crushing is in, substantially affects, or uses a means or facility of, interstate or foreign commerce”. The term “animal crushing” will remain the same, as “non-human mammals, birds, reptiles, or amphibians” being “intentionally crushed, burned, drowned, suffocated, impaled, or otherwise subjected to serious bodily injury.”
Essentially, the PACT Act will strengthen federal law and criminalize egregious animal cruelty in interstate or foreign commerce, regardless of whether it’s featured in a video.
There is currently a companion bill in the Senate, so stay tuned!