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Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Make Animal Cruelty a Nationwide Felony

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Lawmakers out of Florida are introducing a new bill that will make animal cruelty a felony nationwide. Reps. Ted Deutch and Vern Buchanan — a democrat and a republican, respectively — are behind the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act, which targets “crushing, burning, drowning, suffocating, and impaling animals.”

If the law passes, those found guilty of such acts of violence against animals could face up to seven years in prison, should they be found guilty.