Name: Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act
Bill Number: HR 724
current federal law, it is unlawful to create or distribute “crush videos,” which
depict individuals viciously torturing, mutilating, or killing
small animals. However, this law does not include a provision to punish the
individuals who are actually abusing the animals. This is because animal
cruelty laws fall under the jurisdiction of individual state governments, as
part of their police powers. These state laws vary greatly from state to state.
Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act would create a new federal animal cruelty offense that
would allow charges to be brought against an individual who purposely crushes, burns,
drowns, suffocates, impales or otherwise subjects a living animal (mammal,
bird, reptile or amphibian) to serious bodily injury if the actions occur in or
affect interstate or foreign commerce. While amending the “animal crush videos”
law, this bill expands the definition of “crushing” to include actions that are
separate from the production of a video depicting these crimes.
Because animal crushing is a criminal offense, it comes under
the jurisdiction of federal law enforcement, allowing the FBI and U.S.
Attorneys to investigate and prosecute these crimes, instead of relying on the
U.S. Department of Agriculture to enforce animal cruelty violations, as
provided by the Animal Welfare Act. This would allow them to bring charges
against individuals engaged in other abusive activities, such as drowning
unwanted puppies at puppy mills that do business across state lines, as well as
against those who abuse animals travelling with a circus.
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Support passage of a federal animal cruelty bill
Dear [Decision Maker],
I am writing to ask your support for the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act, HR 724. This legislation would allow federal animal abuse charges to be brought against individuals who purposely crush, burn, drown, suffocate, impale or otherwise subject to serious bodily injury a living animal (mammal, bird, reptile or amphibian) if their abusive action occurs in or affects interstate or foreign commerce. This bill would close a loophole in the current "crush video" law, which only targets the distributors, not the creators, of such videos. The PACT Act, in establishing a federal crime for animal cruelty and torture, will allow the FBI and U.S. Attorneys to prosecute cases of extreme cruelty against the perpetrators of the cruelty when they are engaged in interstate commerce. It would provide meaningful penalties for this type of abuse, while exempting veterinary practices, the slaughter of animals for food, hunting, trapping and scientific research. Charges could also be brought against individuals engaged in actions such as drowning unwanted puppies at puppy mills that do business across state lines, as well as against those who abuse animals travelling with a circus. I hope that you will give your full support to the passage of this federal animal cruelty measure, which is needed to protect the many animals involved in interstate commerce. Thank you for your consideration of this important humane legislation.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]