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Two Congressmen Propose Bill That Would Make Animal Cruelty A Felony Nationwide

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    The bill would target people who intentionally crush, burn, drown, suffocate, impale or sexually exploit animals or otherwise subject them to serious bodily harm.

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    "The torture of innocent animals is abhorrent and should be punished to the fullest extent of the law," Buchanan said in a statement. "Protecting animals from cruelty is a top priority for me and I look forward to working with Congressman Deutch on this important issue."

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    Currently, all 50 states prohibit malicious acts of animal cruelty as felony offenses, which can be prosecuted by the states where they are caught.

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    But the new law specifically gives federal prosecutors the ability to pursue charges against those who commit abuses in national parks or on military bases, reserves or any other federal lands.

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    The PACT Act would amend the Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act of 2010

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    That means the federal law that outlaws the creation and distribution of so-called animal crush videos ? which show animals being killed, mutilated or tortured ? so that the abuse shown in the videos is a federal crime as well.

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    Those suspected of committing such crimes would face federal felony charges, fines and up to seven years in prison.

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