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Washington lawmakers pass bill sending message against animal cruelty

In a bipartisan vote, Washington lawmakers passed a bill to make animal cruelty a federal offense on Tuesday, sending a message that Americans will not tolerate animal abuse. The “Pact Act” addresses several acts of cruelty including intentional acts of crushing, burning, drowning, suffocating and impaling animals.

The bill, introduced in January, by House representatives Ted Deutch, D-Fla.,and Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., is aimed to criminalize certain acts of animal cruelty that were not included in the 2010 Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act, Those found guilty would face felony charges, fines and a maximum of seven years in prison.

The legislation will now go to the Senate for a vote. In the past, the measure failed and had been blocked in the House by former Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va.) who did not seek re-election in 2018.

It’s good to know our Congress men and women have found bipartisan agreement for the sake of our animals. Great work.

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