Deutch Animal Cruelty Bill Surpasses 270 Cosponsors
Congressman Ted Deutch's (D-FL) Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act, legislation to make animal cruelty a federal offense, has garnered more than 270 bipartisan cosponsors, making it one of the most widely supported bills in the 116th Congress.
Sydney Helfand participated in Monday's press conference. She is a high-school students who started a petition to support the PACT Act and garnered over 650,000 signatures.
Congressman Deutch introduced the PACT Act with Congressman Vern Buchanan (R-FL) in January 2019. A one-pager can be accessed here.
"Americans care about animal welfare," said Congressman Deutch. "We form deep relationships with our pets, and we are outraged by cases of animal abuse. This widespread commitment to protecting animals is reflected in the broad and bipartisan support the PACT Act has in Congress. This is an issue that, frankly, should have been addressed a long time ago and deserves swift action. It’s finally time to make violence against animals a federal offense.”