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HRA Pledges Support for the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act

Earlier in the week, Humane Rescue Alliance staff met with U.S. Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) to pledge our support for the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act (PACT Act) for which the Congressman is a co-sponsor. The PACT Act would make it a federal crime to commit malicious acts of cruelty to an animal on federal property or in interstate commerce.

The PACT Act builds on the federal animal “crush video” law enacted in 2010 which banned the creation, sale, and distribution of explicit videos that show animals being crushed, burned, drowned, suffocated, impaled, or subjected to other forms of monstrous cruelty. However, the 2010 law does not cover the underlying acts of cruelty. The PACT Act closes a critical loophole to enable the federal government to prosecute malicious acts of cruelty.

“This bill is particularly important to us as the only animal welfare agency in the District of Columbia. Our animal cruelty investigations often involve multiple jurisdictions and take us onto federal property. Although all fifty states, including Virginia and Maryland, have felony penalties for malicious cruelty to animals, we run into a problem when the cruelty takes place across state lines,” said Chris Schindler, Vice President of Field Services for the Humane Rescue Alliance.

“Just as animals move across state lines, so does animal cruelty. This bill has broad bipartisan support because it is a necessary tool for law enforcement to provide further protections for animals and our communities. We are proud to support the passage of this critical measure.” said Lisa LaFontaine, Humane Rescue Alliance President and CEO.  

We encourage you to call your U.S. Representative and U.S. Senator at 202-225-3121 to ask for cosponsorship of the bill.


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