Congress passes bill making animal cruelty a federal felony, heads to Trump's desk

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WASHINGTON (WILX) -- Congress have passed a bill that makes animal cruelty a federal felony.

The so-called “PACT Act” specifically bans crushing, burning, drowning and impaling animals, among other things.

The Senate unanimously approved it on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

The House passed it last month.

The bill would also allow officials to go after suspected animal abusers who cross state lines.

According to its co-sponsor, Republican Congressman Vern Buchanan, it would also close a big loophole. His office says the bill would specifically ban animal cruelty recorded on video.

Previous laws have delegalized creating and selling those videos, but not the acts of cruelty in them.

Another co-sponsor of the bill, Democrat Ted Deutch, says the legislation sends a clear message that our society does not accept animal cruelty.

Violations of the bill could lead to prison for up to seven years.

President Donald Trump praised the legislation. The bill is now heading to his desk.

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