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New Bill That Would Make Animal Mistreatment Nationwide Felony Introduced

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There are currently laws against animal cruelty in all 50 states, and there is also a federal law that prohibits animal fighting and creating videos that show animal cruelty. However, animals still aren’t protected by any far-reaching legislation on a federal level.

For example, what if animals are being transported for bestiality? What if animal mistreatment takes place on federal property, or across state lines?

This is the reason why Democratic Rep. Ted Deutch and Republican Rep. Vern Buchanan, both from Florida, have come together and proposed bipartisan legislation that broadens the reach of federal jurisdiction through the PETA act.

Deutch has since told Orlando Sentinel that this is just common sense, and it’s bipartisan legislation to bring some compassion to our animal laws.
He noted that we’ve acted in the past to stop the horrific trend of taking videos of animal mistreatment, and now it’s time to make the underlying acts a crime as well.

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Wrongdoers can be punished for doing anything bad or nasty to an animal, and federal authorities will also have more power to pursue animal wrongdoers and prosecute crimes committed on federal property.

People convicted under the law would be subject to felony charges, fines, and up to 7 years in prison!

Humane Society reports that the most common forms of animal mistreatment happen on factory farms, but these crimes are very rarely reported.
Animal mistreatment also closely tracks with domestic mistreatment, and 71% of victims have reported that their partners have also targeted their pets.

The bill had been introduced to the House of Representatives in January, and has already earned 284 cosponsors from both parties, which is far more than it needs to pass the House. It has also received endorsements from the National Sheriffs Association and the Humane Society Legislative Fund.

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