SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas – It’s a uniform solution to help reduce animal cruelty across the country. This week President Trump signs the Protecting Animals From Cruelty and Torture Act also known as the PACT Act. In short it makes it a felony to engage in or film animal cruelty.
Here in the Rio Grande Valley local animal advocates are excited by the new legislation.
Sherry Pindard, Friends of the Animal Rescue, “I wish it had been passed earlier but we are truly grateful now that it has been passed. We really hope that the local officials will enforce it now that it has been passed.”
The PACT ACT specifically targets offenders practicing what’s known as the “crushing of an animal.” This involves animals that are purposely crushed, burned, drowned, suffocated, impaled, or subjected to serious bodily injury. While some states already had laws protecting animals, this looks to address gaps across the country.
“Hopefully it will stop anybody from hurting them and let them be treated as the way they should be. As member of everybody’s family.” says Pindard.
The new law applies to animals purposely being tortured or abused. Exceptions include hunting animals for food and accidental crushing of an animal. With the new law in place, animal advocates hope it can help prevent further cases of animal abuse.
To view PACT Act text: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/724/text