H.R.724 – Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act - 116th Congress (2019-2020)

H.R.724 – Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act - 116th Congress (2019-2020)

H.R.724 – Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act - 116th Congress (2019-2020)

H.R.724 – Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act - 116th Congress (2019-2020)

Sponsor: Rep. Deutch, Theodore E. [D-FL-22] (Introduced 01/23/2019)

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Committees: House - Judiciary | Senate - Judiciary

The latest summary by the Congressional Research Service reads;

“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.”

You can read the complete versions here:

1st Version – Introduced in House (01/23/2019)

2nd Version – Engrossed in House (10/22/2019)

3rd Version – Referred in Senate (10/23/2019)

4th Version – Enrolled Bill

5th Version – Public Law (11/25/2019)