Trump signs bill making animal cruelty a federal felony

Donald Trump signed the bill into law Monday afternoon.

President Donald Trump has signed a bill that makes acts of animal cruelty a federal felony.

What We Know:

  • Saying it’s important for the nation to combat “heinous and sadistic acts of cruelty”, Trump signed the bill that garnered much bi-partisan support into law.
  • The Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act prohibits extreme acts of cruelty when they occur in interstate commerce or on federal property. The legislation expands on a 2010 law that targeted videos depicting the crushing or torturing of animals, but that did not prohibit the underlying conduct. Under the new law, the underlying acts of cruelty would be a federal crime.
  • An array of animal rights groups attended a signing ceremony Monday in the Oval Office. Holly Gann of the Animal Wellness Foundation says the legislation will “better protect some of the most vulnerable among us.”

This legislation passes as many are still left wondering whether or not similar legislation will ever be passed to protect Black lives.




Alex Haynes is Editor-At-Large/NYC Editor at Urban Newsroom, Executive Editor at UNR's Black News Alerts and the host of Unmuted Nation on BossFM. Alex joined Urban Newsroom in 2010 and contributes regular op-ed and editorial pieces while advising the columnist and contributing staff.