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Laws against animal cruelty – Animal cruelty as a federal crime in the US

Currently there are countries that have made progress in animal protection. The most advanced societies are those where animal rights are respected. Here the importance of addressing animal cruelty is a federal crime in the United States.

Undoubtedly this law represents an evolution in matters of laws in relation to the punishment that should be received by people who mistreat animals.

The people in charge of promoting this initiative were two congressmen from Florida, one Democrat and the other Republican. These two activists and congressmen brought a bill against animal cruelty to the United States Congress.

PACT Act

Congressmen Ted Deutch and Vern Buchanan have prepared the ‘PACT Act’, “Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act”. This with the purpose of transforming cruelty against animals into a federal crime.

Today that matter is established by each state and the 50 that make up the country have laws in this regard. However, prosecutors are obtained with obstacles at the time of the investigation process since the offenders acting in several states.

The great advantage of the Pact Act is that these offenses become federal crimes. For this reason the competent agencies can take action even if the abuse is executed on federal property.

This law is of the utmost importance, and the need for it to be applied as such is urgent. With these laws awareness will be created in the population. If anyone break this law they will receive the corresponding sanction.

US Against Animal Cruelty
US Against Animal Cruelty

Democratic Congressman Ted Dutch’s point of view on animal cruelty

“A law of common and bipartisan sense with which to give compassion to the laws on animals. We have acted in the past to stop the horrific rise in animal cruelty videos. Now is the time to make acts of cruelty also a crime. ” Ted Dutch

This crystallized, and it is the achievement of these two people who undertook this project. A project in favor of the rights of animals as living beings that feel and suffer. This law contemplates a penalty of up to seven years in prison for animal cruelty throughout the United States.

Now it is the job of the whole society in general and of the competent bodies to ensure compliance with this magnificent law.

Last step to finalize the PACT law: Donald Trump stamps his signature to realize this important initiative

The Animal Cruelty and Torture Prevention Act (PACT) is of the utmost importance for the welfare of animals. Therefore, on November 26, the president of the United States Donal Trump signed a bill in which it was achieved that:

“Animal abuse is a federal crime in the United States.”

In this regard, the President of the United States, Donald Trump, expressed the following:

“This measure would help us to be more responsible and humane administrators of our planet.”

This is a phrase that goes like a ring to the finger and more in this year where fires in different countries have ended the fauna and flora of the planet.

It is also a call to reflection not only to American citizens but to the entire world to be more aware in the care and preservation of the environment. This happens by recycling, reusing and protecting animals, trying as far as possible to maintain animal welfare.

In the event that they observe a case of abandonment, or animal abuse, notify the authorities to take the corresponding measures.

On the other hand, Donald Trump affirmed the following:

“It is important that we fight these atrocious and sadistic acts of cruelty”

Undoubtedly, the Animal Cruelty and Torture Prevention Act (PACT) will apply throughout the United States.

This is an example for the rest of the countries to start creating animal protection laws.

This is a milestone in the contemporary history of the United States. It is also considered a true success for animal protection societies.

Donald Trump stamps his signature at Animal Cruelty and Torture Prevention Act
Donald Trump stamps his signature at Animal Cruelty and Torture Prevention Act

Scope of the Law of Prevention of Cruelty and Animal Torture (PACT)

Federal law, in times past, had only forbidden cruelty against animals. In addition, cruelty to animals was only a crime if criminals create and market the videos that represent the act.

Now the act itself is criminalized as a huge advance in animal abuse.

Therefore, the Law of Prevention of Cruelty and Animal Torture (PACT), has a greater scope. Indeed, a person can be prosecuted for crushing, burning, drowning, suffocating or impaling animals or exploiting them sexually.

Those convicted would face federal charges for serious crimes, fines and up to seven years in prison.

Federal law is in force throughout the United States.

At present, the entire national territory has laws in its books against animal cruelty and abuse at the state level. Indeed, animal abuse is a federal crime in the United States.

With the recent approval of President Donald Trump, federal authorities can prosecute criminals because they will have federal jurisdiction.

This represents a relevant evolution since they will not be dependent on state laws. Apart from that, his persecution will be done regardless of where the crime is committed and where the offender is.

Animal abusers can no longer hide fleeing to another state. Animal cruelty will be persecuted across the country

They can also prosecute criminals if the crime of animal abuse or cruelty occurs on federal property.

The law, which contains exceptions for hunting, is supported by the Legislative Fund of the Animal Protective Society, the National Sheriffs Association and the Fraternal Order of the Police.

Conan the United States hero dog

The Animal Cruelty and Torture Prevention Act (PACT) was signed the same day Trump publicly presented Conan.

Conan is the dog who became a hero for his leading role in the operation that led to the death of the leader of the Islamic State (IS), Abu Bakr al Baghdadi.

“The dog is amazing,” Trump said in a brief ceremony, while the Belgian shepherd sat next to him with a trainer.

In this important event for animal welfare, the first lady Melania Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were present.

 

Adoption of “Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act” (PACT)

An achievement in animal law crystallized on October 23. The United States House of Representatives unanimously approved that animal cruelty be punishable by a seven-year prison sentence as a federal crime.

The project called “Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act”, or better known as the PACT Law. PACT act was taken by the Senate on October 23 and sent to the Judiciary Commission.

Republican representative Vern Buchanan expressed the following on his twitter:

“The US Chamber has just passed the PACT Act, legislation that I presented with my colleague, Democratic Representative Ted Deutch to criminalize animal cruelty”.Vern Buchanan

Without a doubt, these men deserve all the admiration because they are taking a giant step in favor of animals. With the approval of the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act (PACT) it becomes a historic milestone in the contemporary history of the United States.

On the other hand this is great news for all those foundations, activists and people who love animals.

Recently, the United States Congress passed the Animal Cruelty and Torture Prevention Act (PACT), an unprecedented achievement in United States legislation. Consequently, the law will prosecute and condemn all those who commit aberrant crimes against these creatures in the United States.

The ‘Pact Act’ makes an exception to protect hunters. It also has the support of the National Sheriffs Association.

Under this federal law, people considered guilty would face fines and penalties of up to seven years in prison.

Congressmen against animal cruelty
Congressmen against animal cruelty

Education to raise awareness against animal abuse

Regardless of the region of the planet where we are, education is a valuable tool to eliminate animal abuse. In the case of North America, animal abuse is a federal crime in the United States.

If since children go to preschool, primary school and in the rest of their training they receive education against animal abuse we will generate a new awareness. It is ideal that an animal protection matter be included in your curriculum. Thus we will have citizens not only trained but with a conscience in the care of animals.

This is already a reality in some countries, although we are clear that much remains to be done.

The first example is received at the parents’ direct house and is complemented at school.

In this sense, non-profit organizations (NGOs), as well as foundations do hard work. Many NGOs create awareness campaigns through social networks to reach new generations.

In some cases, NGOs give talks in educational institutions. They seek to encourage the love, respect and protection that animals deserve.

So from our spaces and knowledge we can promote punishment against animal abuse.

Activists of organizations for animal rights such as the president of the Humane Society Legislative Fund, Sara Amundson, celebrated the consent of the project,

“Finally they will have the tools they need to bring those responsible for animal cruelty to justice.” Sara Amundson on security forces regarding animal cruelty crimes

Example of Animal Cruelty
Example of Animal Cruelty

Laws against animal cruelty: a necessity

The recent approval of the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act (PACT Act) in the United States becomes an example to be followed by the other countries in the region.

As a last step to specify the initiative of this law so that animal abuse is punished with the full weight of the law independent of the area of the country where the event occurs.

People are expected to become aware and greatly reduce cases of neglect, abuse and animal torture throughout the United States.

This is an ideal example for the countries of the Region to be activated by laws that protect animals. For now, animal abuse is a federal crime in the United States.

This is a prevailing need in many countries due to the large number of cases of animal abuse. There are even people who exhibit videos of animal violence on social networks. These cases must be punished to create a precedent in this matter.

In other countries such as France, animals are considered as living and sensitive beings. This is a country with great advances in favor of animal rights and the protection of animal diversity.

Hopefully there are more advances in relation to the prohibition of animals in shows as well as zoos.

The day will come in society reflections and become more aware of our brothers without a voice.

For now and in a nutshell Animal abuse is a federal crime in the United States … A breakthrough

Sources:

https://gustavomirabalcastro.online/derechos/el-maltrato-animal-es-un-delito-federal-en-estados-unidos/

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/10/23/politics/house-passes-pact-act-trnd/index.html

 

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