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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 PelosiPelosi: Trump should accept election results 'like a man' The spectre of pension failures haunts this election Microsoft: Iranian hacking group targeting attendees of major international security conferences 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 DeutchShakespeare Theatre Company goes virtual for 'Will on the Hill...or Won't They?' Florida Democrat introduces bill to recognize Puerto Rico statehood referendum Matt Gaetz, Roger Stone back far-right activist Laura Loomer in congressional bid 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.