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 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.) signed a bill on Friday that would make animal cruelty a federal crime, as bill co-sponsor Rep. Ted DeutchTheodore (Ted) Eliot DeutchDemocrats offer mixed reactions to Trump's Mideast peace plan US officials, world leaders arrive in Israel for World Holocaust Forum  Bipartisan lawmakers condemn Iran, dispute State Department on number of protesters killed 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.