S.654 - PACT Act115th Congress (2017-2018) |
|Sponsor:||Sen. Toomey, Pat [R-PA] (Introduced 03/15/2017)|
|Committees:||Senate - Judiciary | House - Judiciary|
|Latest Action:||House - 12/15/2017 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary. (All Actions)|
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Summary: S.654 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)
Passed Senate without amendment (12/14/2017)
(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary has been expanded because action occurred on the measure.)
Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act or the PACT Act
(Sec. 2) This bill amends the federal criminal code to revise and expand provisions with respect to animal crushing.
It retains existing criminal offenses that prohibit knowingly creating or distributing an animal crush video using interstate commerce. The bill also adds a new provision to criminalize an intentional act of animal crushing. A violator is subject to criminal penalties—a fine, a prison term of up to seven years, or both.
It provides additional exceptions for conduct, or a video of conduct, including conduct that is: (1) medical or scientific research, (2) necessary to protect the life or property of a person, (3) performed as part of euthanizing an animal, or (4) unintentional.