President Trump Signs Animal Cruelty Act into Law

President Donald Trump signed a bill that makes animal cruelty a federal felony on Monday, saying the measure would help us be "more responsible and humane stewards of our planet."

WASHINGTON D.C. — President Donald Trump signed a bill that makes animal cruelty a federal felony on Monday, saying the measure would help us be “more responsible and humane stewards of our planet.”

The PACT Act — which stands for Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture — was signed by the President at the White House, where he said he was “pleased” to approve the legislation. The bipartisan act, which passed the Senate earlier this month, expands a previous law passed in 2010.

The bipartisan bill was co-sponsored by Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey.

Trump said he had the same reaction to the bill as he did to the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commemorative Coin Act he had signed a few minutes earlier, saying, “Why hasn’t this happened a long time ago?”

“It is important that we combat these heinous and sadistic acts of cruelty,” he said.

Federal law had previously only prohibited animal fighting and only criminalized animal cruelty if the wrongdoers create and sell videos depicting the act. Under the PACT Act, a person can be prosecuted for crushing, burning, drowning, suffocating, or impaling animals or sexually exploiting them. Those convicted would face federal felony charges, fines, and up to seven years in prison.

Right now, all 50 states have laws on their books against animal cruelty at the state level.

With Trump’s approval, federal authorities can go after the wrongdoers because they will have federal jurisdiction and will not be bound by state laws. They can also prosecute criminals if the cruelty occurs on federal property.

The legislation, which contains exceptions for hunting, is supported by the Humane Society Legislative Fund, the National Sheriffs’ Association, and the Fraternal Order of Police.


  • wellmaybeido2

    Given his stand on hunting and the environment, I’m pleased to see he signed this bill. Protect our animals.

  • Anthony Anthony

    Also interesting that this makes animal cruelty a federal crime, but child abuse isn’t a federal crime. Weird!

  • Anthony Anthony

    Animal cruelty generally being a precursor to serial killing, this seems like a good thing. Though I would like to see something done to prevent people from becoming serial killers in the first place. As serial killers generally come out of cruel upbringings.

    • Michaela Allen

      I hope you got the point, that this is a bipartisan bill.- It was signed by Nancy Pelosi 10 days before him. Guess less bills will get stashed on Mitche’s desk as closer the elections become.

  • nowiseenitall

    Great…spike and mittens are safe. ( yes I agree with the Bill ) now let’s focus doing more to keep children like little Arabella safe!

  • eagle2306

    Do you have a problem with animals having some protection??? There are laws against humans being abused Jeffrey W! It is sad but it will happen no matter what! This is a law to protect animals and to have their abusers imprisoned . If you will abuse an animal odds are you will abuse a human!!! So maybe people will think twice about the consequence of abusing anyone or anything!

  • lamestream r

    So much winning from this Administration! Just think what could get done if Democrats cooperated with the President and did the their jobs for the people!

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