H.R.724 - Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act116th Congress (2019-2020) |
|Sponsor:||Rep. Deutch, Theodore E. [D-FL-22] (Introduced 01/23/2019)|
|Committees:||House - Judiciary | Senate - Judiciary|
|Latest Action:||11/25/2019 Became Public Law No: 116-72. (TXT | PDF) (All Actions)|
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Summary: H.R.724 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)
Public Law No: 116-72 (11/25/2019)
Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act or the PACT Act
This bill revises and expands criminal 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.