In late 2019, the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act was enacted to make the intentional crushing, burning, drowning, suffocating, and impaling of living mammals, birds, reptiles or amphibians a federal crime — yet it completely excludes farmed animals who are routinely mutilated, crushed, burned, and sexually abused to produce food. Please urge legislators to extend these minimal protections to farmed animals too!
A reasonable person would assume that practices such as crushing, burning, or sexually abusing farmed animals are already illegal, but they are not...
The only federal animal welfare law that exists in the United States (the 1966 Animal Welfare Act) also excludes farmed animals from all legal protections. Most state anti-cruelty laws exempt "standard practices," which includes many of the acts listed above, which are just as horrific as the abuses the PACT Act has criminalized.
Congressman Buchanan, one of the legislators who introduced the PACT Act, stated at its signing ceremony that, "The torture of innocent animals is abhorrent and should be punished to the fullest extent of the law."
We completely agree, but this should extend to all innocent animals who are capable of suffering. Turning a blind eye to the legalized torture and abuse of farmed animals is no longer acceptable, and the law should reflect that.
1) Call your two U.S. senators and one U.S. representative using the information that appears below.
If you do not see their identities and phone numbers, then please click on the link below, enter your zip code and click the federal tab, then make three quick calls to their offices.
When the phone is answered, state your name, your town or city, and telephone number.
Here's an example of what you can say:
"As your constituent, I urge you to amend the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act to cover farmed animals. Standard practices toward farmed animals who are mutilated, crushed, burned, and sexually abused are just as horrific as the abuses the PACT Act has criminalized. This law should extend to all innocent animals who are capable of suffering. Thank you for your time."
2) We as animal advocates must take matters into our own hands by no longer funding this cruelty. Find out how in our free and simple veg starter guide:
3) Send our letter to your two federal senators and one representative urging them to include farmed animals in the PACT Act by filling out the form on this page.
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The Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act Should Cover Farmed Animals
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Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]
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