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Short Title(s) as Introduced

Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act

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A bill to revise section 48 of title 18, United States Code, and for other purposes.

Actions Overview (1)

Date Actions Overview
02/13/2019Introduced in Senate

All Actions (1)

Date All Actions
02/13/2019Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
Action By: Senate

Cosponsors (48)

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CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Sen. Blumenthal, Richard [D-CT]* 02/13/2019
Sen. Feinstein, Dianne [D-CA]* 02/13/2019
Sen. Durbin, Richard J. [D-IL]* 02/13/2019
Sen. Schumer, Charles E. [D-NY] 02/14/2019
Sen. Hassan, Margaret Wood [D-NH] 02/25/2019
Sen. Merkley, Jeff [D-OR] 02/25/2019
Sen. Stabenow, Debbie [D-MI] 02/25/2019
Sen. Murphy, Christopher [D-CT] 02/25/2019
Sen. Harris, Kamala D. [D-CA] 02/25/2019
Sen. Portman, Rob [R-OH] 02/25/2019
Sen. Sanders, Bernard [I-VT] 02/25/2019
Sen. Booker, Cory A. [D-NJ] 02/25/2019
Sen. Coons, Christopher A. [D-DE] 02/25/2019
Sen. Collins, Susan M. [R-ME] 02/25/2019
Sen. Udall, Tom [D-NM] 02/25/2019
Sen. Cortez Masto, Catherine [D-NV] 02/25/2019
Sen. McSally, Martha [R-AZ] 02/25/2019
Sen. Warren, Elizabeth [D-MA] 03/05/2019
Sen. Baldwin, Tammy [D-WI] 03/05/2019
Sen. Shaheen, Jeanne [D-NH] 03/05/2019
Sen. Casey, Robert P., Jr. [D-PA] 03/06/2019
Sen. Kaine, Tim [D-VA] 03/07/2019
Sen. Cardin, Benjamin L. [D-MD] 03/12/2019
Sen. Warner, Mark R. [D-VA] 03/27/2019
Sen. Duckworth, Tammy [D-IL] 03/28/2019
Sen. Menendez, Robert [D-NJ] 04/29/2019
Sen. Sinema, Kyrsten [D-AZ] 04/29/2019
Sen. Markey, Edward J. [D-MA] 05/07/2019
Sen. King, Angus S., Jr. [I-ME] 05/07/2019
Sen. Peters, Gary C. [D-MI] 05/14/2019
Sen. Van Hollen, Chris [D-MD] 05/23/2019
Sen. Hirono, Mazie K. [D-HI] 06/10/2019
Sen. Burr, Richard [R-NC] 06/11/2019
Sen. Bennet, Michael F. [D-CO] 06/26/2019
Sen. Rosen, Jacky [D-NV] 07/16/2019
Sen. Cantwell, Maria [D-WA] 07/29/2019
Sen. Carper, Thomas R. [D-DE] 09/24/2019
Sen. Smith, Tina [D-MN] 10/22/2019
Sen. Brown, Sherrod [D-OH] 10/29/2019
Sen. Roberts, Pat [R-KS] 10/29/2019
Sen. Scott, Rick [R-FL] 11/05/2019
Sen. Reed, Jack [D-RI] 11/13/2019
Sen. Murray, Patty [D-WA] 11/14/2019
Sen. Gillibrand, Kirsten E. [D-NY] 11/14/2019
Sen. Whitehouse, Sheldon [D-RI] 11/18/2019
Sen. Heinrich, Martin [D-NM] 12/03/2019
Sen. Klobuchar, Amy [D-MN] 12/17/2019
Sen. Jones, Doug [D-AL] 12/17/2019

Committees (1)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Related Documents
Senate Judiciary02/13/2019 Referred to

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Introduced in Senate (02/13/2019)

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.