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OPPOSE Animal Rights Driven P.A.C.T. (H.R. 724)

Animal abuse and torture should NEVER be tolerated, and for that reason, every state in the U.S. already has felony animal cruelty laws on the books. However, sponsors of this bill fraudulently claim that there are no federal laws against animal cruelty. We believe this "Prevent All Cruelty & Torture Act" is setting the stage to criminalize animal ownership out of existence.

Authored by Florida Republican Vern Buchanan (wealthy owner of an auto dealership chain) and co-sponsored by Palm Beach Anti-2nd Amendment Democrat Ted Deutch, HR 724, the so-called Prevent All Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act was filed in the House of Representatives on January 23, 2019, now referred to the House Judiciary's Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security Subcommittee.

Every state in the nation has felony animal cruelty laws on the books. Legislators want you to believe that this bill only applies to people who are committing horrendous acts of horrific animal cruelty that they then video tape. But what about medical research trials? What if a veterinarian videotapes a spay or neuter surgery for teaching purposes? What about normal security surveillance videos on a dairy farm? A cattle ranch? An egg farm? What if no video tape is involved at all?


These concerns go all the way back to 1999 when Congress originally passed this legislation which was later overturned by the Supreme Court. Passed again in 2010, this legislation would amend the existing federal law to create a whole broad new category of animal cruelty crimes.

 
In America today, average every day activities are now being reclassified as deliberate acts of animal cruelty by animal rights-driven legislation masquerading as increased welfare standards. The most normal every day animal owner actions are being redefined as criminal acts even when no animal is harmed.

In states across America, kittens and caterpillars now have more rights than people.

 
Representative Buchanan has been investigated by the House Ethics Committee, FEC, Justice Department and the Office of Congressional Affairs. Buchanan owns a massive $100 million-dollar insurance and real estate empire in Florida, Bermuda and the Bahamas. After years of investigations and scandals, Buchanan won re-election in 2018 with just 54.6% of the vote. This ‘feel good’ legislation is just another way for Buchanan to white wash his dodgy background and win back his disenfranchised constituents. He may be well meaning but a real estate and auto dealership magnate is totally unqualified to determine whether or not common animal practices are acts of animal cruelty, let alone felonies.


The American Kennel Club recently issued a new warning against this avalanche of new animal cruelty laws being passed on state and federal levels, "Increasingly restrictive laws that allow the confiscation of animals and criminal charges against the owner are being enacted every day in states and communities across the U.S. You can be convicted of animal cruelty under these overreaching laws even when no animal is harmed." Did you read that? Even when no animal is harmed.

  • HR 724 does nothing to stop animal abuse or cruelty. What it does is criminalize animal owners.  
  • HR 724 would make a felon out of the the owner of a dog with nails too long.
  • HR 724, would make a felon out of the the owner of an older horse that has difficulty keeping on weight.
  • This legislation amends already existing legislation to create a whole new category of felons, your next-door neighbor and you.

Animal rights organizations want Americans to believe that here in 2019, there are no federal laws banning animal cruelty from occurring, a complete out and out lie. This legislation amends already existing legislation to create a whole new category of felons, your next-door neighbor and you.

Animal abuse and torture should NEVER be tolerated, and for that reason, every state in the U.S. already has felony animal cruelty laws on the books. However, sponsors of this bill fraudulently claim that there are no federal laws against animal cruelty. We believe this "Prevent All Cruelty & Torture Act" is setting the stage to criminalize animal ownership out of existence.

Animal owners nationwide are under attack by the animal rights movement, now more than ever – HR 724 must be vigorously OPPOSED.

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