(STAFF REPORTS/Chewelah Independent)
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President Trump is expected to sign a bill that would make animal cruelty a federal crime after both the House of Representatives and Senate passed the same bill, the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act, KXLY is reporting.
The bill would make using interstate commerce or federal property to torture animals federally illegal. It would not interfere with local animal cruelty laws or enforcement.
It expands on the 2010 Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act which made the creation of animal crushing videos illegal. The act of crushing animals was not included in the 2010 bill.
The new bill would make it a federal crime if a person intentionally engages in harming animals if it is uses the means of interstate commerce, foreign commerce and uses any federal property in the act.
Stevens County has been a hot spot for animal cruelty as sheriff’s deputies have raided several properties recently where many dogs and other animals were found in poor conditions. Local animal advocates have decried the light punishments they feel the people who have perpetrated the crimes have gotten. Critics also point to how long it takes for action to be taken. A common theme, however, is the lack of resources to deal with many abused animals and where to put them once they are rescued.
Officials also need enough evidence in order to have a case brought against animal abusers in order to take the animals from them. The bill has bipartisan support in both the US House and Senate, with 301 co-sponsors from both parties.
The act does not apply to the meat industry, accidents involving animals, legitimate medical procedures, scientific research or hunting and fishing.