Bill to Make Animal Cruelty a Felony Approved in House
American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) president John Howe, DVM, applauded the legislation.
"The passage of the PACT Act is an important step toward improving animal welfare by criminalizing the cruel and inhumane act of animal crushing," Dr. Howe said. "This legislation also provides key safeguards to ensure enforcement correctly targets bad actors without incidentally ensnaring farmers and ranchers, hunters, researchers, or other groups. AVMA looks forward to working with the Senate to advance this bill."
If the Senate passes the bill, those prosecuted and convicted will face fines and up to seven years in prison.