Editor’s Note: Here at The Premier Daily we love to remind people of amazing achievements, and this is one of them. In November 2019, animal cruelty officially became a nationwide felony in the United States. This article was originally published on The Hearty Soul.
One country at a time, the world will hopefully be a better place for animals soon.
On Monday, November 25  President Trump signed the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act, a bipartisan bill that bans the maltreatment or violent handling of animals . The bill specifically prohibits animal crushing, which 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 PACT Act is an amendment of the Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act which passed Congress and was endorsed by President Obama in 2010. It prohibits the creation, importation and/or distribution of animal crushing videos in the United States. The new bill now prevents the actual harming of the animals, which is far more realistic than solely placing a ban on recordings.
Anyone found guilty of violating or aiding the violation of the PACT Act could be sentenced to seven years in prison, penalized with a fine, or serve both punishments. It’s a crime now, a felony, no longer just a mere immoral act to hurt an animal within the U.S.
“I am pleased to sign the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act into law,” Trump said as he signed the bill on Monday. “It is important that we combat these heinous and sadistic acts of cruelty, which are totally unacceptable in a civilized society.”
Unanimous support in the House
As of 2015, The Humane Society reported that an estimated 1 million animals are abused in the United States every year , of which dogs, cats, horses, and livestock are the most common victims .
The bill was proposed earlier this year in January by Congressman Ted Deutch, D- Florida and Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Florida. The House of Representatives endorsed the bill in October and it passed the Senate soon after. On Monday, President Trump completed the enactment of an Act that would hopefully protect innocent animals across the country.
The bill was signed by Trump the same day he welcomed Conan, the “ultimate dog” to the White House. Last month, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, an ISIS leader was brought down by the U.S military in Syria with the help of the heroic canine . The Belgian Malinois was sent into a tunnel to attack the terrorist, prompting him to detonate a suicide vest. He died along with his three children in the explosion, while Conan was injured.
Conan saved the lives of the military officials involved in the operation as no one else was hurt. He was honored at the White House the same day the bill that would protect his species and all other non-human vertebrae from abuse was signed into law.