It is that time of the year again when we share joy and happiness with our loved ones. With the PACT Act signed on November 25th, our furry friends will definitely have a better year.
From personal experience, I cannot count the times I reported barbaric people for proven acts of animal cruelty with no result. It personally baffles how some people are just naturally cruel to animals.
Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act
Well, thanks to the new PACT Act, which stands for “Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act”, intentional acts of cruelty are now considered as a federal crime and offenders can be punished with fines and felony charges. President Trump also commented on the bill saying, “It is important that we prevent these sadistic and bad acts of cruelty towards animals, these acts are not acceptable in a civilized society, we must become more responsible and humane on matters such as this.”
This act has been a long time coming, as animal activists all over the country and the world have been trying their hardest to push politicians to take measures against animal abusers.
I think that this Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act is great, but it certainly is not enough as the law has exceptions for the meat industry, accidents and medical researches which can be abused. Hopefully, it happens to be a step in the right direction as it is meant to expand the Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act from 2010 which had many oversights. Even though it was a hopeful law, its only purpose was to make sharing or selling animal crushing videos illegal. So basically, people who did not share or sell their acts of cruelty to animals were off the hook.
Those of you who do not know what animal crushing videos are, I advise you not to google it. As they are the most heart-crushing content that can be found online. They are basically footages of animals dying in cruel ways.
It is not only the animal lovers who are rejoiced by PACT
Law enforcement personnel from all around the country show their support for the bill since most believe that animal cruelty also leads to cruelty towards people. They believe that if they can charge people in their early stages of cruelty when they are cruel to animals, they may be able to prevent future acts of cruelty towards people.
Before this law and the act that was passed in 2010, there were literally no laws to punish animal cruelty apart from a law that was addressed to punish those who organized animal fights.
This is absolutely a big step forward and hopefully, our politicians do not forget about our beloved companions in the upcoming year!
Listen to our Podcast where we talk about this ACT in greater detail: Animals Today December 7, 2019 Passing the PACT Act and choosing the best pet sitter services