President Donald Trump signed a bill on Monday that turns certain acts of animal cruelty and torture into a federal crime. The president said it is important for the US to fight "atrocious and sadistic acts of cruelty."
The Animal Cruelty and Torture Prevention Act prohibits extreme acts of cruelty when they occur in interstate commerce or on federal property.
The legislation extends a 2010 law, but that did not prohibit the underlying conduct. Now the underlying acts of cruelty will be a federal crime.RELATED
Organizations advocating animal rights attended a signing ceremony at the Oval Office in the White House with the US president. Holly Gann of the Animal Wellness Foundation said the legislation "will better protect some of the most vulnerable among us."
“The approval of this legislation is a great victory in the effort to stop animal cruelty and make our communities safer. Evidence shows that upset people who mistreat animals often go on to commit acts of violence against people. It is appropriate for the federal government to have strong laws and sanctions against animal cruelty, ”said Senator Pat Toomey, a Republican from Pennsylvania, who was one of the promises of the bill earlier this month.
The CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, Kitty Block, and the director of the Legislative Fund of the Humane Society, Sara Amundson, praised the signing of the law, ABC NEWS reported.
"Animals deserve the highest level of protection. The approval of this measure by Congress and the President marks a new era in the codification of goodness towards animals within federal law. For decades, the national law against cruelty it was a dream for animal protectionists. Today, it is a reality, "Block said in a statement.
“After decades of work to protect animals and to testify about the worst cruelties committed, it is gratifying that Congress and the president unanimously agree that it was time to close the gap in the law and convert animal cruelty within the jurisdiction federal in a serious crime. ” said Amundson. “We cannot change the horrors that animals have suffered in the past, but we can take strong measures against these crimes in the future. This is a day to celebrate. ”