A new federal law aimed at banning animal cruelty acts is now in effect. Known as the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act (PACT), President Donald Trump signed the law last week. With this new law, acts such as impaling, burning, drowning, suffocating, or causing animals any serious bodily harm are prohibited. Offenders may receive as much as seven years in prison.
With the signing of PACT, a 2010 law loophole is closed which prohibited creating and distributing animal crushing videos but failed to make the cruelty acts in these videos illegal. The videos often involve individuals killing, mutilating, or torturing defenseless small animals and were shared over the Internet.
Should you wish to read more about the animal cruelty law and how it made its way to being signed, read the Sun-Sentinel article at the following link: https://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/politics/fl-ne-federal-law-now-bans-animal-cruelty-20191202-zftrlvfcvbabhdknr5kcdmorqm-story.html.