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Great News: House Passed a Bill That Would Make Animal Cruelty a Federal Felony

We have some great news for you this morning!  

On Tuesday, the US House of Representatives voted unanimously to pass the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act. The bill would make certain types of harm to animals a federal felony, punishable by up to seven years in prison.

The Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act, or PACT Act, bans abusive behavior including crushing, burning, drowning, suffocating, impaling and other bodily injuries toward any non-humans. The PACT Act expands the Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act, which was passed by Congress in 2010 and made the creation and distribution of animal crushing videos illegal.
The bill was introduced by two Florida congressmen, Democrat Ted Deutch and Republican Vern Buchanan, in January. It was approved Tuesday by a voice vote.

"Today's vote is a significant milestone in the bipartisan quest to end animal abuse and protect our pets," Deutch said in a written statement. "This bill sends a clear message that our society does not accept cruelty against animals. We've received support from so many Americans from across the country and across the political spectrum. Animal rights activists have stood up for living things that do not have a voice."

Story via: CBS

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"Does The Dog Die" Website Will Warn You Of Disturbing Animal Scenes In Movies, TV And Books

If you get easily "triggered," or infused with anxiety when you watch something distressing that happens to animals on screen, then, doesthedogdie.com is probably a website that you will want to check out. The website crowdsources emotional spoilers for movies, tv, books and more under different categories, one of them is animal abuse. Here are some of their recent spoilers.  

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The US Department Of Agriculture Just Made a Major Announcement For Cat Lovers

The USDA's Agricultural Research Service announced it will no longer be doing deadly testing on cats and will send the last 14 cats previously used for toxoplasmosis research to loving homes for adoption. 

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Two Congressmen Propose Bill That Would Make Animal Cruelty A Felony Nationwide

The Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act was reintroduced last week by Reps. Vern Buchanan and Ted Deutch , both of Florida, in an effort to close loopholes in animal cruelty law. The two lawmakers are seeking to strengthen animal cruelty laws by making some of the most extreme animal cruelty acts a federal offense if committed on federal land or in connection with interstate commerce. Via: Huffpost

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