Donald Trump, the President of Donald Trump, has signed a landmark bill into law, this makes the acts of animal cruelty a federal crime, which can be punishable by up to 7 years in prison.
The Preventing Animal Cruelty And Torture Act was passed through the House and Senate over the past 2 months.
Upon signing the bill, Trump said, “It is important that we combat these heinous and sadistic acts of cruelty.”
The bill will stop people from sharing horrific footage of animal abuse.
The Preventing Animal Cruelty And Torture Act (PACT) expands on the 2010 Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act, a bill that deems the creation and distribution of animal crushing videos illegal.
Talking about the bill, President Obama said, “Why hasn’t this happened a long time ago? Because Trump wasn’t president.”
The term animal crushing refers to actual conduct in which 1 or more living non-human mammals, birds, reptiles, or amphibians are crushed, drowned, impaled, suffocated, burned or injuries on purpose.
The new law is going to make it illegal for people to be involved in animal crushing if the animals or animal crushing is in.
Lara Trump, the daughter-in-law of Donald Trump, said, “I could not be more excited for President Trump to take this historic step today, publicly signing into law a bill tackling the nefarious and unacceptable world of animal cruelty.”
Lara added, “Our companion pets are family members, and our working dogs are our heroes, and any movement to signal and enforce a positive environment for these great animals is a step in the right direction.”
As of now, 50 states in the United States have laws on their books against animal cruelty at the state level.
With the approval of President Trump, federal authorities are now allowed to go after the wrongdoers because they are going to have federal jurisdiction and will not be bound by state laws.
Federal authorities can also prosecute criminals if the cruelty occurs on federal property.
The Humane Society Legislative Fund, the National Sheriffs’ Association and the Fraternal Order of Police support the new law.
There are exceptions to the bill, “hunting, trapping, fishing, a sporting activity not otherwise prohibited by federal law and slaughtering livestock, as well as medical or scientific research.”