Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act

(H.R. 2293/S. 1831)

This bill will amend the federal criminal code to prohibit intentionally engaging in animal crushing in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce or within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States. Current law only prohibits knowingly creating or distributing an animal crush video. This bill adds exceptions for conduct that is for predator or pest control, medical or scientific research, or necessary to protect the life or property of a person from a serious threat caused by an animal.

Status: Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas-21) introduced H.R. 2293 on May 13, 2015, and it was referred to the House Judiciary Committee.

Sen. Pat Toomey (R-P.A.) introduced S. 1831 on July 22, 2015, and it was referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

AVMA Position: Active Pursuit of Passage
Primary Contact: Dr. Mark Lutschaunig