Animal Cruelty is Now (Finally) a Major Felony in USA


Tom Wolf

Animal cruelty, as of October 23, 2019, is now a federal felony. The House of Representatives unanimously passed the bipartisan Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act. This act closed loopholes of certain forms of animal abuse, pinned as “crushing,” in which people would torture animals. Under this Act, any form of violence (but not limited to) such as suffocating, burning, impaling, and drowning would be federally banned. Until this bill was passed, the United States had yet to have a law set in place explicitly banning any form of animal abuse.

According to Fox News, “If the bill becomes law, people found guilty of torturing animals would face felony charges, fines and up to seven years in prison.” Although I am glad these animal abusers would be facing punishment for their unspeakable actions, I do not believe it is strong enough. Animals, such as domesticated pets, are not nearly as strong as their human counterparts and deserve a louder voice for their endless suffering at the hands of these terrible people.

I was also saddened to know that the United States has yet to have a federal law against animal abuse. In general, our country has little tolerance for this type of behavior, so why have we waited so long to finally put a law into place that proudly declares our love for the innocent animals God has given us?

Despite the long wait for a law such as this one to be put in place, I am glad progress is being made. Through actions such as this, we can all come together to help better our nation, people, and animals alike one step at a time.