Pelosi signs bill making animal cruelty a federal crime

Pelosi signs bill making animal cruelty a federal crime
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Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBiden to meet House Dems before Europe trip: report On The Money — Will the billionaire tax survive Joe Manchin? Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by American Clean Power — Democrats prepare to grill oil execs MORE (D-Calif.) signed a bill on Friday that would make animal cruelty a federal crime, as bill co-sponsor Rep. Ted DeutchTheodore (Ted) Eliot DeutchEthics watchdog finds 'substantial' evidence Rep. Malinowski failed to disclose stocks Overnight Health Care — Presented by The National Council for Mental Wellbeing — FDA panel advises Moderna booster shot for high-risk people Congress comes to the aid of Libyan people, passing bill ordering probe into war crimes and torture MORE (R-Fla.) looked on while holding two dogs.

In a tweet, Pelosi said "Today, I was honored to sign @RepTedDeutch’s #PACTAct to make animal cruelty a federal offense."

"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!"

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The bill, dubbed the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act, was introduced by Deutch.

It is a follow-up to the Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act in 2010, and would ban animal crushing, or an act in which an animal "is purposely crushed, burned, drowned, suffocated, impaled, or otherwise subjected to serious bodily injury."

The House version of the bill passed unanimously in late October, while the Senate version passed last week.