The National Animal Care & Control Association (NACA) applauds the US House of Representatives for passing the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act (HR 724) today. We thank the House leadership for bringing this bill to the floor for a vote and Reps. Ted Deutch (D-FL) and Vern Buchanan (R-FL) for their steadfast support and hard work on getting this very important bill passed.

Federal law already prohibits animal fighting, as well as the creation of and trade in obscene videos showing egregious forms of cruelty, but the underlying cruelty itself is not banned. The PACT Act will create a federal anti-cruelty statute that complements the cruelty laws in the 50 states.

The Senate passed the PACT Act during the last Congress, so we are hopeful that it will move quickly to pass it again and get it sent to the White House for President Trump’s signature as soon as possible.

Photo Credit: U.S. Reps. Vern Buchanan and Ted Deutch held a press conference on the PACT ACT in July with the Humane Society.