President Trump Signs Animal Cruelty Act Making It a Felony
Animal cruelty is now a federal felony. President Trump signed the bipartisan ‘PACT Act’ into law, saying the measure would help us be “more responsible and humane stewards of our planet.” ‘PACT’ stands for preventing animal cruelty and torture, and the act expands on a law passed in 2010.
Previously, animal cruelty was only a federal crime if the wrongdoers created and sold videos depicting it. Now, people can be punished for the act itself. All 50 states have active laws against animal cruelty, but making it a federal crime allows federal authorities to prosecute acts committed on federal property.