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President Trump expected to sign bill making animal cruelty a federal crime

President Trump is expected to sign into law a bill that would make severe animal cruelty a federal crime.

The Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act (PACT Act) comes after a 2010 law that prohibited the recording and distribution of videos showing animal cruelty, but did not prohibit the act of animal cruelty itself. The PACT Act does just that.

The use of the phrase “animal crushing” is clearly defined in the bill’s text.

“The term ‘animal crushing’ means actual conduct in which one or more living non-human mammals, birds, reptiles, or amphibians is purposely crushed, burned, drowned, suffocated, impaled, or otherwise subjected to serious bodily injury,” the bill reads.

Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) praised the passing of the bill while describing animal torturers as “monsters.”