Rep. Ted Deutch Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Make Animal Abuse a Crime

Today, U.S. Reps. Ted Deutch (FL-21) and Lamar Smith (TX-21) introduced new bipartisan legislation to outlaw the sordid practice of animal crushing and other forms of cruelty against animals. The Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act builds on the passage of the Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act of 2010, which banned videos that depict these acts of violence by making the underlying abuse of animals a crime. Joining Reps. Deutch and Smith as original cosponsors of the PACT Act were Reps. Earl Blumenauer (OR-3), Tom Marino (PA-10), Steve Cohen (TN-9), Steve Chabot (OH-1), Jerrold Nadler (NY-10), and Pat Meehan (PA-7).

“Congress outlawed the distribution of animal crush videos five years ago, but such violent abuse of innocent animals should be illegal regardless of whether or not a camera is running," said Congressman Deutch (FL-12). "Too many animals are subjected to unfathomable cruelty and abuse, out of no fault of their own and no recourse for protection. These inhumane acts have no place in our society. I am encouraged by the strong bipartisan support for the PACT Act, and am hopeful that we can work together to make engaging in animal crushing a crime in the 114th Congress."

A copy of the PACT Act is available here.