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.
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