Animal cruelty bill passes in the U.S. House

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Animal lovers and activists are celebrating a legislative victory at the federal level.

The U.S. House passed a bill that toughens the laws against people who abuse animals.

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The Paws 4 the Cause President, Remy Simpson says he takes in hundreds, if not thousands of animals every year that have been hurt or abused.

Simpson says there’s 2-3 animal abuse calls a day and he’s frustrated there isn’t stricter laws that punish people.

For the 12th year in a row, Kentucky ranks as the worst state for animal protection laws, according to the annual U.S. Animal Protection Laws Rankings Report published by the Animal Legal Defense Fund.



On Tuesday afternoon, the U.S. House unaminously passed the ‘Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act’ or also known as the ‘PACT’ Act.

“I hope it makes it through the Senate. I hope people on both sides of the aisle see that this is just a common sense thing,” said Remy Simpson, Paws 4 the Cause President.

According to CNN, anyone who crushes, burns, or suffocates an animal would be prosecuted. If convicted of the felony, they could get up to seven years in prison and pay a fine.