Advocacy Alert

USA: Keep Innocent Animals Safe from Torture!

USA: Keep Innocent Animals Safe from Torture!


The Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act (signed into law in 2010) prohibits the sale and distribution of crush videos. These gruesome videos record the intentional torture (crushing, burning, suffocating or other cruelty) and killing of live animals, such as hamsters, kittens or other small animals, for the sick gratification of the viewer. While the distribution of these appalling videos is illegal under federal law, the violent acts recorded in them are not.

That’s because animal cruelty is prosecuted at the state level. Although all 50 states have felony penalties for animal cruelty, there is no federal law that protects animals when abuse occurs in places where the federal government has jurisdiction, such as on federal property or in a federal building. The PACT Act seeks to bridge this gap and allow for federal prosecution of animal torture in instances where local and state law enforcement cannot reach. 

The PACT Act has passed both the U.S. Senate and House, and now needs only the President's signature to become U.S. law!

What You Can Do

Using the form below, please take a moment to send an email to the President urging him to sign the PACT Act.