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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 PelosiLawmakers demand changes after National Guard troops at Capitol sickened from tainted food Andrew Yang condemns attacks against Asian Americans Congress in lockdown: Will we just 'get used to it'? 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: 'Substantial' evidence GOP lawmaker improperly spent funds, misused position to help brother Three years later, father of Parkland shooting victim calls for meaningful school safety reform LIVE COVERAGE: House debates removing Greene from committees 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.