Trump signs bill making animal cruelty a federal crime

Trump signs bill making animal cruelty a federal crime

President TrumpDonald John TrumpCNN's Don Lemon explains handling of segment after Trump criticism NPR reporter after Pompeo clash: Journalists don't interview government officials to score 'political points' Lawyer says Parnas can't attend Senate trial due to ankle bracelet MORE signed a bill into law Monday establishing animal cruelty as a federal crime after the measure passed with bipartisan support through Congress.

A statement from the White House press office Monday evening announced that the president had signed the bill, which specifically codifies "animal crushing" as a federal offense punishable by a fine and up to seven years in prison.

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The Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act defines the term as any conduct in which an animal "is purposely crushed, burned, drowned, suffocated, impaled, or otherwise subjected to serious bodily injury."

"We have a responsibility to honor the dignity of God’s creation," Trump said Monday. "With today’s act, we take the critical step toward being more responsible and humane stewards of our planet and all who we want to cherish and take care of, and all of those who live on it."

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocrats offer mixed reactions to Trump's Mideast peace plan James Taylor to perform at awards ceremony for Ruth Bader Ginsburg this week Trump offers two-state peace plan for Israeli-Palestinian conflict amid skepticism MORE (D-Calif.) was a vocal supporter of the bill as it passed through the House, tweeting in support of the measure after passed the Senate with similar bipartisan support.

"Today, I was honored to sign @RepTedDeutch’s #PACTAct to make animal cruelty a federal offense," she tweeted earlier in November. "Our furry friends, Milo and Prudence, were on hand to help me enroll this bipartisan legislation that will now go to the President’s desk!"

Animal Wellness Action, one of the groups involved in the bill's passage, issued a statement praising lawmakers after the law was signed on Monday.

“We’re thrilled to see the first anti-cruelty statute in American history signed into law and applaud President Trump and the Congress for providing the voiceless with a level of protection never seen before,” said Marty Irby, the group's executive director. “The PACT Act will allow federal authorities to crack down on the most egregious of animal abusers and help keep American pets safe from harm.”

The White House also said Monday that Trump had signed into a law an act requiring the Treasury Department to mint coins in honor of the women's suffrage movement, which won the right to vote for women in the U.S.

Updated at 11:15 a.m. on 11/26