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house Bill H.R. 724

Should Animal Torture Be a Federal Crime?

Argument in favor

Animal torture is an unconscionable crime that shouldn’t be tolerated at the federal level. Criminalizing this horrific crime at the federal level will make it easier to prosecute, and will bring federal law in line with state laws, which universally criminalize animal torture.

BadWxDude's Opinion
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02/20/2019
Torturing anything, including people, including refugees, should be illegal. Start there.
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Joselyn 's Opinion
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02/20/2019
Why is this even a question? People who torture and kill animals should be punished!!
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Brian's Opinion
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02/20/2019
Basic psychology says that The people that could do this are likely doing equally horrible things across many aspects of their life. Accountability and punishment should be significant enough to deter this hiddeous behavior!
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Argument opposed

Since animal torture is already illegal in all fifty states, there’s no need for an additional federal law criminalizing it. When these cases cross state lines, prosecutors can work together to determine which jurisdiction the crime occurred in, and prosecute accordingly.

godquestion's Opinion
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02/20/2019
States already have laws against torturing animals. I see no reason for the federal government to usurp even more state power by legislating this at the federal level. What is the point of making a law to prohibit behavior that is already prohibited by law?
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Carolyn's Opinion
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02/20/2019
should we not be more concerned about child abuse,and what is happening to those minor immigrant children? the rapes of young children,age 1 year,s years,and 5 years.., the violators got nothing for 1 year old,18 mos. for raping 3 year old,18 mos. house arrest for raping 5 year old repeatedly.. I say we need better protection for these children,trump is not d
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Trisha's Opinion
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02/20/2019
It’s not that this isn’t a horrible crime but the state should certainly be able to dole out harsh punishment without involving the federal government.
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bill Progress


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      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
    IntroducedJanuary 23rd, 2019
    Just like animal fighting should be as well.
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    Anyone who says no to this is an absolute monster.
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    How we treat the least of those among us says clearly and loudly to the world what our true character and intentions are.
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    Absolutely! How would you feel if you were animal and you were brutally tortured or killed inhumanely? The reality is that this happens EVERYDAY, it’s probably happening right now if you think about it. Just because we have more knowledgeable power does not mean we should abuse it. I’m not saying we should stop killing animals for hunting or food, I’m just begging that inhumane killing and torture needs to be heavily charged for. I have seen numerous videos showing this reality and it is just disgusting how the person(s) are only receiving minimum jail time and fines. We need to reduce the number of incidents and deaths due to this form of murder.
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    We humans are the keeper/helper of all the Animal Kingdom and if we are not tolerable of animals then we are not doing our jobs
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    Animals are beings who think and feel. We are a civilized society, and within that all beings should be free of abuse and torture.
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    Ofcourse! Punish those who punish animals being animals.
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    Animal torture should be a crime at all levels.
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    People who torture animals or just mistreat animals are sick individuals and they need to be examined and charged as necessary!
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    It is already illegal in every state. This is one of those things that Congress does in order to look like they are doing something, when in fact, it is redundant.
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    Anything to strengthen the penalty for animal cruelty.
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    Anyone who would torment a helpless animal belongs in prison. If making it a federal offense facilitates that end, I'm all for its.
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    No living creature should be tortured. Why is this even a question? People who torture animals are very often torturers if people as well.
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    This is a states issue not Federal. #MAGA
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    I’d recommend that Federal “Animal Torture Laws’’ be legislated. Animal torture is an unconscionable crime that shouldn’t be tolerated at the federal level. Criminalizing this horrific crime at the federal level will make it easier to prosecute, and will bring federal law in line with state laws, which universally criminalize animal torture. It has been repeatedly documented that “Animal Torturers’’ often turned into human ones. SneakyPete......... 🤔🤔🤔🤔. 2*20*19.........
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    Some states do little to protect animals from cruelty, while others do a great job. Having a federal law ensures at least a minimum of punishment for deprived acts like this.
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    Torture placed on any living thing has no place in this society.
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    Definitely. All animals need this protection. It is unnecessary and cruel.
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    Absolutely!
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    Torturing any creature (human or animal) is cruel, inhumane and deplorable.
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