Help Pass a National Animal Cruelty Law

With the proven link between animal abuse and other violent crimes, cruelty to animals is a threat to us all.

The Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act (PACT Act) will make it a federal crime to commit malicious cruelty to an animal in any area where the federal government has jurisdiction.

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. While the trade in video depictions of such cruelty is banned, the underlying cruelty itself is not.

The PACT Act will create a federal anti-cruelty statute that complements cruelty laws in the 50 states.

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 someone who cares about animals and preventing animal cruelty, I urge you to co-sponsor H.R.2293/S.1831, the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act. If you're already co-sponsoring the bill, thank you for your support and please do all that you can to get it enacted quickly."

Calling is so important. Please do not skip this crucial step. Then, personalize and submit the letter below to send a follow-up message.

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Dear Legislator,

I am a constituent, and I urge you to co-sponsor the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act (PACT) Act, H.R.2293/S.1831, 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.

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