New law would make animal cruelty a federal felony

Animal activists who have been searching for harsher penalties for those who are responsible for injuring or abandoning animals are rejoicing. New laws are being proposed that would make animal cruelty a federal offense. Two Florida Congressmen are responsible for the current proposal. Vern Buchanan and Ted Deutch may exist on opposing sides but they are determined to come together on this crucial topic.

It is always good to see politicians uniting with one another and putting aside party differences. There are certain issues that are simply more important than political affiliation and this is most certainly one of them. If the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act is passed, acts of extreme animal cruelty are going to be classified as felonies. It is high time that these changes were made. Animals are not here to be tortured by sick and deranged humans with too much time on their hands.

If animals are impaled, crushed, burned, drowned or suffocated, the responsible parties would face severe penalties. If animals are sexually exploited, this is also included under the potential new guidelines. In a world where it seems like animals can be tortured and injured without any actual recourse, this comes as a breath of fresh air.

This behavior is abhorrent. If it cannot be punished to the fullest extent of the current laws, then the laws need to be changed. Simple as that. Animals are living creatures and they deserve all of the proper protections. This bill is a common sense decision and should be treated as such. Animal abuse is not a partisan issue.

Past attempts at drawing up legislation that is designed to protect animals have not gone far enough. That’s why we are urging readers everywhere to support this proposed bill in any way possible. Let’s all do our part to raise awareness about these matters. There are exceptions added to the bill to cover various instances wherein a person needs to protect themselves.

If the bill is passed, those who are convicted of the crime will be subject to lengthy prison terms. Sentences can range up to seven years. Please share this story to raise awareness about the importance of passing bills of this nature. Hopefully, more states are going to be willing to follow the example that Florida is setting and do the right thing to help all of the defenseless animals out there!

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