Bored Panda works better on our iPhone app
Continue in app Continue in browser
BoredPanda Add Post

The Bored Panda iOS app is live! Fight boredom with iPhones and iPads here.

Animal Cruelty Is Now Officially A Nationwide Felony In The USA
247points
User submission
22K
10K
Animals2 years ago

Animal Cruelty Is Now Officially A Nationwide Felony In The USA

With so many stories about animal cruelty surfacing ever so often, it’s only natural people would want laws to be adjusted accordingly to make that no longer acceptable in any case. Despite the fact that it may sound a little bit like utopia, the effort to make laws reflect people’s values has been made as the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture PACT (Act) was signed, finally making it illegal to engage in cruel acts towards animals.

The Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (or PACT) Act was signed on November 25

Image credits: VernBuchanan

The PACT Act was signed on Monday, November 25 by President Trump and marked a symbolic victory in the battle for animal rights. “I am pleased to sign the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act into law,” Trump said putting his signature on the bill. “It is important that we combat these heinous and sadistic acts of cruelty, which are totally unacceptable in a civilized society.”

Making it illegal to engage in cruel acts towards animals

Image credits: RepTedDeutch

According to the official Congress website, “The PACT Act makes “animal crushing” a nationwide felony in the U.S. Animal crushing is defined as when any “living non-human mammals, birds, reptiles, or amphibians is purposely crushed, burned, drowned, suffocated, impaled, or otherwise subjected to serious bodily injury.”

Cruelty against animals can now be punished by up to seven years in prison

Image credits: HumaneSociety

Sadly, that still leaves a lot of animals in the U.S. unprotected by law, since the bill excludes treatment of livestock in the animal agriculture industry; slaughtering animals for food; procedures in the veterinary field or other related industries; hunting, trapping, and fishing; predator and pest control; scientific or medical research; euthanasia; and self-defense. While some might see it as reasonable, some people are really unhappy and oppose these exceptions.

The PACT act was first introduced earlier this year and is an extension of a law that President Obama first passed in 2010

Image credits: johnfsessa

Even though this act was introduced earlier this year, it’s an extension of a law passed by President Obama in 2010. It recently passed in the House and the Senate and after few weeks of waiting finally reached the desk of the President. It was quite expected from him to sign because the bill was supported by both Republicans and Democrats in the House and the Senate.

Most people seemed excited but there were some that saw how it could be improved

10Kviews

Share on Facebook
Popular on Bored Panda
Leave a comment
Zoe's Mom
Community Member
2 years ago

THIS SHOULD HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A LAW.

A Jones
Community Member
2 years ago

I agree with the power of 1000 suns.

Load More Replies...
Patrick James
Community Member
2 years ago

One signature doesn't negate being a terrible human being. This should always be a law regardless of who's in office.

Alib
Community Member
2 years ago

Agreed. I love this law, but there should also (always) be a law against separating migrant children from their parents and putting them in cages.

Load More Replies...
Gwinevere von Ludwig
Community Member
2 years ago

Let's not get too excited. Trump has also rolled back protections of endangered species, among many other horrible things he's done to this planet. https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/457086-trump-administration-rolls-back-endangered-species-protections

Andy from Beaverton
Community Member
2 years ago

It was a crime when his EPA removed a plug on the Gold King Mine in 2015 and sent 3 million gallons of toxic mine waste down the Animas River. Why it got almost zero news coverage is beyond me. All life was destroyed.

Load More Replies...
Load More Comments
Zoe's Mom
Community Member
2 years ago

THIS SHOULD HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A LAW.

A Jones
Community Member
2 years ago

I agree with the power of 1000 suns.

Load More Replies...
Patrick James
Community Member
2 years ago

One signature doesn't negate being a terrible human being. This should always be a law regardless of who's in office.

Alib
Community Member
2 years ago

Agreed. I love this law, but there should also (always) be a law against separating migrant children from their parents and putting them in cages.

Load More Replies...
Gwinevere von Ludwig
Community Member
2 years ago

Let's not get too excited. Trump has also rolled back protections of endangered species, among many other horrible things he's done to this planet. https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/457086-trump-administration-rolls-back-endangered-species-protections

Andy from Beaverton
Community Member
2 years ago

It was a crime when his EPA removed a plug on the Gold King Mine in 2015 and sent 3 million gallons of toxic mine waste down the Animas River. Why it got almost zero news coverage is beyond me. All life was destroyed.

Load More Replies...
Load More Comments
Popular on Bored Panda
Popular on Bored Panda
User Submissions
Also on Bored Panda
Also on Bored Panda