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President To Sign Bill Into Law Making Animal Cruelty A Federal Felony

Nov 25, 2019, 1:06 PM | Updated: 1:35 pm

FILE (Photo by David Paul Morris/Getty Images)...

FILE (Photo by David Paul Morris/Getty Images)

(Photo by David Paul Morris/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – President Donald Trump is scheduled Monday to sign the PACT Act into law.

The Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture will make animal cruelty a federal felony. The act passed unanimously in both the House and the Senate.

“There’s no place in a civilized society for maiming and torturing animals – period,” said Senate bill co-sponsor Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.)

“The torture of innocent animals is abhorrent and should be punished to the fullest extent of the law,” said House bill co-sponsor Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.). “Passing the PACT Act sends a strong message that his behavior will not be tolerated.”

According to reporting from CNN, the PACT Act will allow federal authorities to go after wrongdoers without being bound to certain states’ laws. An offender can also be prosecuted for crushing, burning, drowning, suffocating and impaling animals and sexually exploiting them.

The bill has exceptions for hunting.

Trump is scheduled to sign the bill at in the Oval Office at 2:30 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.

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President To Sign Bill Into Law Making Animal Cruelty A Federal Felony