AVMA celebrates legislative win for animal welfare

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​American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) President Dr. John Howe released the following statement in response to today's vote by the U.S. Senate to advance the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act (H.R. 724/S. 479), following House passage of the bill on Oct. 22. This legislation would outlaw the inhumane act of animal crushing, which is currently often performed and filmed for profit. Next, the bill will head to President Donald Trump's desk for his signature.

"Today's vote by the Senate to advance the PACT Act is a historic victory for animal welfare. Thanks to the bipartisan work of lawmakers and animal welfare advocates, we're one step closer to finally criminalizing the cruel and inhumane act of animal crushing. We're looking forward to seeing President Trump sign this bill into law."

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The AVMA is the nation's leading representative of the veterinary profession, speaking for more than 105,000 member veterinarians across the United States who care passionately about protecting animal health, animal welfare and human health. Informed by its members' unique scientific training and knowledge, the AVMA advocates for policies that advance the practice of veterinary medicine and support the crucial work of veterinarians nationwide.