A lot of people are celebrating this momentous occasion! In a statement, President and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, Kitty Block, offered praise about the new law.
“PACT makes a statement about American values. Animals are deserving of protection at the highest level. The approval of this measure by the Congress and the president marks a new era in the codification of kindness to animals within federal law. For decades, a national anti-cruelty law was a dream for animal protectionists. Today, it is a reality.”
The head of the Humane Society Legislative Fund, Sara Amundson, also expressed joy and relief following a long fight for justice.
“After decades of work to protect animals and bearing witness to some of the worst cruelty, it’s so gratifying the Congress and president unanimously agreed that it was time to close the gap in the law and make malicious animal cruelty within federal jurisdiction a felony. We cannot change the horrors of what animals have endured in the past, but we can crack down on these crimes moving forward. This is a day to celebrate.”
Animal cruelty is a serious issue. If you witness any acts of abuse, report it. Learn more about what to do here.