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Help pass a national animal cruelty law


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The Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act will make it a federal crime to commit malicious cruelty to an animal on federal property or otherwise in interstate commerce.

Federal law already prohibits animal fighting, as well as the trade in obscene video depictions of animals being crushed, burned, drowned, suffocated, impaled or subjected to other forms of heinous cruelty. But while the trade in video depictions of cruelty is banned, the underlying cruelty itself is not. The PACT Act will create a federal anti-cruelty statute that complements the cruelty laws in the 50 states.

TAKE ACTION
Please make a brief, polite phone call now to your U.S. Representative and your two U.S. Senators. Look up your federal lawmakers' phone numbers. You can say, "As a constituent who cares about animals, I urge you to co-sponsor H.R. 1494/S. 654, the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act. If you're already co-sponsoring the bill, thank you and please do all that you can to get it enacted quickly."

After your call, use the form below to send a follow-up message. Editing your message will help it stand out.

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Your Message

DearLegislator,

I am a constituent, and I urge you to co-sponsor the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act (PACT) Act, H.R. 1494/S. 654, and do all you can to push for the passage of this crucial bill!

All 50 states now have felony penalties for malicious cruelty, and there are federal statutes on animal fighting and crush videos. But there is no federal law for malicious cruelty when it involves federal property or interstate commerce, and we need to close this gap.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]

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This action alert is for U.S. residents. International advocates, please visit Humane Society International.