Trump Signs Bill Making Animal Cruelty Federal Crime

President Trump signed a bill into law Monday establishing animal cruelty as a federal crime after the measure passed with bipartisan support through Congress.

The measure passed the Senate with the support of both Montana Senators Daines and Tester.

A statement from the White House press office said the bill specifically codifies “animal crushing” as a federal offense punishable by a fine and up to seven years in prison. The Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act defines the term as any conduct in which an animal is purposely crushed, burned, drowned, suffocated, impales or otherwise subjected to serious bodily injury.

In signing the bill, Trump said we have a responsibility to honor the dignity of God's creation.

Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the House, was a vocal supporter of the bill as it passed through the House, tweeting in support of the measure after it passed the Senate with similar bipartisan support.

Animal Wellness Action, one of the group's involved in the bill's passage, issued a statement praising lawmakers after the law was signed on Monday.

Marty Irby, the group's executive director, said the law is the first anti-cruelty statute in American history, and provides the voiceless with a level of protection never seen before.

Irby said the PACT Act will allow federal authorities to crack down on the most egregious of animal abusers and help keep American pets safe from harm.

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