Passage of bill by House that bans animal ‘crushing’ was long overdue

In a move that was, frankly, long overdue, the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed the Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture Act, otherwise known as the PACT Act.

The bill would outlaw a barbaric form of animal abuse known as “crushing” — defined in the bill as when “one or more living non-human mammals, birds, reptiles, or amphibians is purposely crushed, burned, drowned, suffocated, impaled or otherwise subjected to serious bodily injury — by making it a felony and would punish anyone convicted of torturing animals with fines and up to seven years in prison.

There are exceptions for normal veterinary/agricultural practices, slaughtering for food, animal sports activities, protection of human life and medical/scientific research.

The PACT Act is endorsed by the Humane Society of the United States, National Sheriffs’ Association, Fraternal Order of Police and the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys.

We throw our support behind it as well, but we want to know what took so long?

In 2010, although steps were taken to ban the sale of videos depicting animal crushing, Congress had never actually taken action on the process of crushing itself — a woeful oversight. Then in 2017, after the Senate had unanimously passed the PACT Act, the bill inexplicably stalled in the U.S. House.

At long last, the House has done its part. We expect the Senate to quickly move to pass it again before sending it to President Donald Trump for his signature.

Anyone who tortures animals needs to be severely punished. Hopefully, this bill allows for that to be the case.


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