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."