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New bill may make animal cruelty a nationwide felony in the US

by: Angie Kwon
21 May 2019

Florida’s latest Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act is the state’s latest effort to make animal cruelty a felony across the US. If the law led by representatives Ted Deutch and Vern Buchanan passes, the maximum penalty for those found guilty of animal cruelty ("...crushing, burning, drowning, suffocating, and impaling animals”) is a solid fine or seven years in prison or both.

Since news of the PACT Act started circulating in January 2019, it has garnered international attention. Animal cruelty in Hong Kong and China has long been an issue. With thousands of people marching against animal cruelty last weekend, in light of recent cases of animal cruelty in Hong Kong such as the animal shelter raid in New Territories last month, we’re hoping that such a law will influence the way we combat violence against animals in Hong Kong.

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