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Nationwide Animal Cruelty Bill Now Just Needs President's Signature to Become a Law


The Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act (PACT) has officially passed in the Senate — unanimously. That means all the bill needs to become federal law is approval from President Trump, according to The New York Times.

The PACT Act — which is an extension of a 2010 law passed by Obama, CNN noted — would make "animal crushing” a nationwide felony in the U.S. Animal crushing is when any "living non-human mammals, birds, reptiles, or amphibians is purposely crushed, burned, drowned, suffocated, impaled, or otherwise subjected to serious bodily injury," according to Congress’ website. Creating and distributing photos or videos of animal crushing or sexual exploitation would also be considered illegal under the bill.