The U.S. Senate Tuesday unanimously voted to pass a bill that will make animal cruelty a federal felony.
The “Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act” bans crushing, burning, drowning, suffocating, impaling, or subjecting animals to serious bodily harm.
If signed by the President, authorities will have federal jurisdiction and will not be bound by state laws.
Violators will face federal felony charges, fines, and up to seven years in prison.
The House voted to pass the bill last month.
The bill contains exceptions for hunting.
The Humane Society Legislative Fund applauded Tuesday’s Senate vote.