Animal cruelty should be a federal crime, because even though it is already illegal, not much is done because there are still animals suffering. Animals should have the same rights we have, I understand that there are other important things that are going on in the world such as child abuse. Animal cruelty is just as important because more animals are suffering than we are, and we are to blame. Why because we haven’t done anything to try to stop it, some animal cruelty that is currently happening are puppy mills. Puppy mills are places where dogs are kept in small filthy conditions with poor grooming and poor vet care. Some might not even realize that we are supporting animal cruelty because some of us rather buy a pet at a pet store instead of a shelter. This is bad because this means that we are supporting puppy mills and for companies to keep reproducing more animals, and are hurting the mothers of these puppies because they are the ones that are truly suffering.