Congressman Vern Buchanan

Representing the 16th District of Florida

Buchanan Animal Cruelty Bill Draws National Attention

Jan 29, 2019
Press Release
Bipartisan Legislation Gains Momentum

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan this week continued to build momentum for his bipartisan bill, the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act, to make it easier to prosecute individuals involved in the gruesome torture and killing of animals. The legislation sends a powerful message: “Those who torture or abuse animals will face stiff punishment,” Buchanan said.

Buchanan chairs the Animal Protection Caucus in Congress and received an A rating from the Humane Society for his leadership and votes in 2018. He is also a past recipient of the Humane Society’s “Legislator of the Year” award.

Buchanan’s bill has been covered by dozens of media outlets nationwide, reaching over a million Americans.

"Very few issues can bring together lawmakers of both parties. Animal cruelty is one of them." (There’s No Federal Ban on Animal Cruelty. Lawmakers Want to Change That, NYT, Niraj Chokshi, 1/30/19)

“The bill has been endorsed by the National Sheriffs Association and the Fraternal Order of Police.” (A proposed bill will make animal cruelty a federal felony, CNN, Cole Higgins, 1/28/19)

Republican Congressman Vern Buchanan and Democrat Ted Deutch are sponsoring the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act in a bid to close a current gap in legislation.”(RARE BIPARTISAN BILL PROPOSED TO MAKE ANIMAL CRUELTY A FEDERAL FELONY—EXCEPT IN THE CASE OF HUNTING, Newsweek, Ewan Palmer, 1/29/19)

Representatives Deutch and Buchanan are tremendous advocates for animal protection, and we are grateful to them for seeking to eradicate malicious cruelty.” (Animal cruelty could become a federal felony, Orlando Sentinel, Kate Santich, 1/24/19)

“Now, a pair of Florida lawmakers have reintroduced a bill in Congress that would make torturing animals a federal crime, too.” (Torturing animals would be a felony in the US under bill proposed by Florida lawmakers, Miami Herald, Josh Magness, 1/28/19)

The bill earned 284 bipartisan co-sponsors and more than 200 law enforcement endorsements in the previous session of Congress, according to the group.” (Proposed law would make animal cruelty a felony across the U.S., CBS News, Christopher Brito, 1/29/19)

Christin Burford, with the organization Creating Animal Respect Education agrees and adds that [Buchanan’s] legislation is long overdue.” (Legislation would make animal cruelty a federal felony, Fox Orlando, Valerie Boey, 1/28/19)

Thank you, @VernBuchanan and @RepTedDeutch for introducing the #PACTAct. It’s time for federal law to cover such heinous acts of animal abuse.” (Twitter, Animal Welfare Institute, 1/28/19)

The Humane Society of the United States praised the bill, saying it would close a loophole to a 2010 animal cruelty law.” (Bill would make animal cruelty a federal felony, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 1/28/19)

Florida representatives Ted Deutch and Vern Buchanan re-introduced the bill called the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act to broaden issues of animal cruelty that cross state lines.” (Proposed law would make animal cruelty a federal felony, NY Daily News, Theresa Braine, 1/28/19)

I’ve seen a lot of people sharing this on Facebook. People seem to be happy about it. Republicans and Democrats working together.” (ABC Columbus, Katie McKee, 1/29/19)