Congress Takes Action Against Animal Cruelty


H.R. 2293, the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act (PACT), was introduced into Congress in May 2015. This bill, if passed, would revise the section of the U.S. Code dealing with crimes and criminal procedures. The bill specifically addresses the horrific act of “animal crushing,” but could have a wider impact on cruelty prevention in general.


What is crushing? Believe it or not, people create animal crush videos that depict small animals such as kittens, puppies, rabbits, and mice being crushed and tortured to death. The U.S. already passed the Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act in 2010. H.R. 2293 would take this further by making the actual act of animal torture a federal crime, in addition to the creation of the videos.



The bill defines animal crushing as the intentional crushing, burning, drowning, suffocating, impaling, or otherwise inflicting serious bodily injury on live animals. As the Humane Society of the United States notes, this act would allow for the criminal prosecution of malicious animal cruelty in all states, and allow federal government entities such as the FBI to intervene in cases of extreme abuse or cases that cross state lines.


Click HERE for text of the PACT ACT. You can show your support for this important anti-cruelty bill by contacting your U.S. Representative HERE.



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  • Aaron Seminoff
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  • Christine Macdonald
    Christine Macdonald

    Why is there so much cruelty towards animals all my life I have believed that the majority of people are decent but sometimes find it so hard that towards what is likely the end of my life there is still so much cruelty and torture going on very sad

  • S Seegers
    S Seegers


  • Gillian Quirke
    Gillian Quirke

    I can’t believe it, i have never heard of crushing before. What sort of sick people live on this planet. Surely there is no doubt this bill will go through. If it dosnt what does this say about the equivalent of our members of parliament

  • JEnnifer cUrlin
    JEnnifer cUrlin

    If this bill can’t pass than this is just plain disgusting.

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