The U.S. Senate appears to be on the verge of passing a bill called the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act (PACT Act), that would establish malicious animal cruelty as a federal felony. The PACT Act was introduced in the house by Democrat Rep. Ted Deutch and Republican Rep. Vern Buchanan.
“The torture of innocent animals is abhorrent and should be punished to the fullest extent of the law,” Buchanan said. “Protecting animals from cruelty is a top priority for me and I look forward to working with Congressman Deutch on this important issue” (KRDO News Coverage).
If the bill is signed into law, malicious cruelty would be considered a federal offense and it could send violators to prison for up to seven years.