The PACT Act hopes to ban animal cruelty at the federal level

February 4, 2019 by  
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Even though it has been a federal crime to create and distribute animal torture videos for nearly a decade, the actual act of animal torture has not been banned at the federal level. Now, Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) and Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.) are trying to change that with the re-introduction of the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act (PACT Act). If passed, the PACT Act would prohibit “intentional acts of crushing, burning, drowning, suffocating, impaling or otherwise subjecting animals to serious bodily harm,” according to a press release . The law would also make it easier for U.S. attorneys to prosecute the horrible acts, and those convicted would face seven years in prison plus fines. Related: New Jersey first state to ban wild animals in circuses Currently, all 50 states have separate laws against animal cruelty . However, according to CNN , the federal statute would allow authorities to go after criminals who cross state lines or torture animals on federal property. Rep. Buchanan said that animal torture is “abhorrent,” and we should be punishing people who commit this act “to the fullest extent of the law.” Buchanan added that protecting animals from cruelty is one of his top priorities. Rep. Deutch said the legislation is “common sense,” and animal welfare is an important issue for many Americans. He explained that Congress should build on current state and local laws to guarantee animals a level of protection throughout the entire country. According to the press release, there are exceptions included in the law, such as “normal veterinary care, hunting and conduct necessary to protect life or property from a serious threat caused by an animal.” Multiple groups have endorsed the legislation, including The National Sheriffs Association, the Fraternal Order of Police and the Humane Society of the United States. In a petition to garner support for the bill, the Humane Society wrote that even though every state has felony penalties for malicious cruelty, we need a federal law to close the gap for when it occurs on federal property or in interstate commerce. + PACT Act Via EcoWatch Images via Kimdewar0 and Timur85

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Killing dogs and cats for meat is still legal in 44 U.S. states

June 4, 2015 by  
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China’s massive dog meat festival is an annual source of international outrage, and the Humane Society has recently announced extraordinary successes in helping curb the farming of dogs for human consumption in South Korea—but it’s certainly worthy of note that in much of the United States it is still legal to kill and eat dogs and cats. Yes, really. While it’s illegal for slaughterhouses to handle our canine and feline friends, and it’s also illegal for stores to trade in their carcasses, the vast majority of the U.S. still permits individuals to kill a dog and toss it on the grill. And this has lead over 100,000 people to sign a petition calling on the FDA to enact a strict ban on eating pets. Read the rest of Killing dogs and cats for meat is still legal in 44 U.S. states Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: animal cruelty , animal cruelty laws , cat meat , China dog meat , dog meat , dog meat petition , eating animals , eating cats , eating dogs , eating pets , jindo dogs , jindo dogs usa , south korea dog meat , united states animal law

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If you want to avoid BPA, avoid these brands like the plague..

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I’m often on the lookout for healthy food that travels well, but I’m terrified of canned foods that contain the hormone-disrupting chemical bisphenol-A (BPA). Clearly, I’m not alone. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has released a new report analyzing which brands are still lining their cans with BPA . While the FDA has failed to regulate BPA despite potential health risks associated with the chemical, including increased risk of brain and heart problems, as well as cancer, obesity and attention deficit disorder,  informed consumers are avoiding it. Between January and August last year, EWG surveyed 252 brands produced by 119 companies. They found only 31 brands, or 12 percent of all the brands they sampled, used BPA-free cans for all of their canned products and 34 brands used BPA-free cans for one or more of their canned products. All other brands either use BPA or failed to disclose whether or not they are using it. Read the rest of If you want to avoid BPA, avoid these brands like the plague.. Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: avoiding BPA , bisphenol A , bisphenols , BPA , BPA brands , BPA canned food , BPA companies , BPA-free canned foods , BPS , brands that don’t use BPA , canned food with BPA , Environmental Working Group , ewg , food that is bad for your health , healthy food , hormone disrupting chemicals , how to avoid BPA

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