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Wed Nov 6, 2019, 11:30 AM

Congress Passes Bill to Make Animal Cruelty a Federal Felony

By Nicholas Sakelaris

Nov. 6 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate has voted unanimously to send a bill to President Donald Trump that would make certain types of animal cruelty a federal felony.

Senators on Tuesday night passed the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act, a bipartisan proposal that makes it a federal crime to crush, burn, drown, suffocate, impale or sexually exploit animals. The bill expands on a 2010 law that made it a crime to create and sell videos of animal fighting.

"Passing this legislation is a major victory in the effort to stop animal cruelty and make our communities safer," said Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey, a co-sponsor of the bill. "Evidence shows that the deranged individuals who harm animals often move on to committing acts of violence against people. It is appropriate that the federal government have strong animal cruelty laws and penalties."

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., also sponsored the bill, saying he and Toomey have worked for years to hold "barbaric individuals" accountable for hurting animals.

"There is no place in a civilized society for maiming and torturing animals -- period," he said. "I'm glad that Congress is now finally sending our bill to the president's desk to be signed into law."

The House passed the bill Oct. 22, sponsored in the lower chamber by Florida Reps. Ted Deutch and Vern Buchanan. Deutch said the proposal received support nationwide and from across the political spectrum.

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RCW2014 Nov 6 OP
Badsamm Nov 6 #1
FreeWheelBurning Nov 6 #2
Currentsitguy Nov 6 #3
bernt-toast Nov 6 #4
Currentsitguy Nov 6 #5
FreeWheelBurning Nov 6 #7
cologeek Nov 6 #6
def_con5 Nov 6 #8
Charlie Mike Nov 7 #9

Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Wed Nov 6, 2019, 11:49 AM

1. Its about fucking time

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Wed Nov 6, 2019, 12:08 PM

2. This is ridiculous

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I view people who abuse animals with utmost disdain. With that said, this is not an area the fed should be involved with. This is a state and local level issue.

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Response to FreeWheelBurning (Reply #2)

Wed Nov 6, 2019, 12:39 PM

3. Exactly

As much as I abhor any kind of animal cruelty, this is just one further step down the road of centralized rule, which goes against everything this country was founded on.

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Response to Currentsitguy (Reply #3)

Wed Nov 6, 2019, 02:21 PM

4. there are some things that are so heinous, they merit a united stand

this, to me, is one of them.

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Response to bernt-toast (Reply #4)

Wed Nov 6, 2019, 02:27 PM

5. I have no problem whatsoever with as harsh a law as possible on the State level

I would welcome it with enthusiastic open arms. I am less willing to subject our decentralized Federal system to the death of a thousand cuts, each and every one, loaded with good intentions.

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Response to bernt-toast (Reply #4)

Wed Nov 6, 2019, 03:09 PM

7. Everybody has their "they merit a united stand" issues

This is how the federal gov't continues to grow beyond what was originally intended. You want to know why the Fed is constantly racking up debt? It is because the Fed cannot afford to pay for the thousands and thousands of "they merit a united stand" issues that they involve themselves in. Much of what the Fed involves itself with was always meant to be handled by the states. Remember, if a power is not expressly granted to the Fed, it is reserved to the states.

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Response to FreeWheelBurning (Reply #2)

Wed Nov 6, 2019, 02:41 PM

6. Agreed

There are crimes that warrant federal attention. This isn't one of them.

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Response to FreeWheelBurning (Reply #2)

Wed Nov 6, 2019, 05:05 PM

8. Agreed

We've been federalizing everything for the last 50 years.

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Response to FreeWheelBurning (Reply #2)

Thu Nov 7, 2019, 05:44 AM

9. Agreed

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