President Trump Signs H.R.724 – A Law to Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture – Video and Transcript…

Earlier today President Trump signed H.R. 724, the “Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act,” which makes it a Federal crime to engage in animal crushing. Quite remarkably this law is the first ever federal anti-cruelty statute to protect animals in U.S. history. [Video and Transcript Below]

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[Transcript] – THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. This is a very important signing, and we’ve had two now in a row that are very, very important and inspirational, I might add. Right? When you think of it.

Thank you all for being here today. I’m pleased to sign the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act into law. Animal cruelty. This is something that should’ve happened a long time ago and it didn’t. But the people behind me and others have been incredible, and I just want to congratulate you.

And I ask the same question I asked for another bill that we just signed: Why hasn’t it — this happened a long time ago? And I give you the same answer: because Trump wasn’t President. (Laughter.)

This commonsense legislation restricts the creation and distribution of videos or images of animal torture. It is important that we combat these heinous and sadistic acts of cruelty, which are totally unacceptable in a civilized society.

We’re pleased to be joined by some of the very important people that got this done. And they worked very, very hard on it. Representative Vern Buchanan — fantastic person. Sheriff Carolyn “Bunny” Welsh. Kitty Block, President and CEO of the Humane Society. Jack Hubbard, COO of American Humane. Rory Diamond, CEO of K9s for Warriors. Marty Irby, Executive Director of Animal Wellness Action. Laura Sellards, President and Executive Director of the Warrior Dog Foundation. Lauree Simmons, President and Founder of Big Dog Ranch Rescue. John Thompson, Executive Director of the National Animal Care and Control Association. Sara Amundson, President of the Humane Society Legislative Fund. Tracie Letterman, Vice President of the Humane Society Legislative Fund. Anna Marie Malloy, Senior Legislative Specialist at the Humane Society Legislative Fund.

And these people really worked hard together with some of your friends that are in different states all over the country right now, that we were able to get this done a little bit quicker than people thought. And so they send all of their regards, and some of them are watching this right now, as we do this.

From battlefields to hospitals, from the ranches of the frontier to the backyards of America, from animals of service to animals of war, our nation’s animals have played a vital role in the development, settlement, security, and happiness of our country. So true. We had a great dog named Conan here, just a little while ago. It’s very fitting that it was on the same day, but that’s a little bit what you’re talking about. Conan was something and created quite a stir.

We have a responsibility to honor the dignity of God’s creation. With today’s act, we take the critical step toward being more responsible and humane stewards of our planet and all who we want to cherish and take care of, and all of those who live on it.

And I will now sign this very important piece of legislation. And I want to congratulate everybody here. And after I’m finished, I’d like you to have you maybe say a few words to the media, if you’d like. Okay? Thank you very much.

(The bill is signed.)

Okay, so who’s supposed to get this pen? (Laughter.)

PARTICIPANT: Right over there, the Congressman.

REPRESENTATIVE BUCHANAN: Thank you.

THE PRESIDENT: And your sons? Introduce your sons and say a few words.

REPRESENTATIVE BUCHANAN: James and Matt.

THE PRESIDENT: Great job.

MR. MATT BUCHANAN: It’s great to be here.

REPRESENTATIVE BUCHANA: And thank you for your leadership on animals. I can tell you this has been six years and coming — about torturing animals and cruelty to animals. But without your leadership, this wouldn’t be a reality today. So thank you very much, Mr. President.

THE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you very much. Great job. Great job.

See that, Jeff?

MR. IRBY: It’s the first ever anti-cruelty statute in American history. So, you broke another record.

THE PRESIDENT: Oh, wow. That’s fantastic. (Applause.)

MR. DIAMOND: In one stroke of the pen, the President has done more to protect animals and stop animal cruelty in America than anyone in history. That’s incredible.

THE PRESIDENT: That’s really a very nicely put statement. Thank you very much.

MR. DIAMOND: Yes, sir.

THE PRESIDENT: I appreciate it.

MS. BLOCK: This bill — this now passage — it’s a watershed moment. Animal protection is such a vital issue. We are so grateful for the signing today and for the support of the American people and all the legislators who stood behind us. This is an incredibly important moment and for such a great cause. So thank you.

THE PRESIDENT: That’s great. That’s a great honor. Thank you.

MS. BLOCK: Thank you. Thank you.

THE PRESIDENT: My great honor. Please.

SHERIFF WELSH: Mr. President —

THE PRESIDENT: Hi, Sheriff.

SHERIFF WELSH: How are you? On behalf of law enforcement, this is another effort on your part and success on your part to assist federal, state, and local agencies to work together, because animal cruelty — the cruelty of animals, the destruction in the home, domestic violence — everything is related. And what this does is enable law enforcement to work together on the federal, state, and local level to investigate and prosecute animal cruelty. And we thank you for that.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, Sheriff. And she’s one of the toughest people in the country — (laughter) — for law and order. So that’s a pretty —

SHERIFF WELSH: Thank you.

THE PRESIDENT: — interesting combination of events.

Please. Go ahead.

MS. SIMMONS: We see animal abuse every day in rescue throughout the southeast, throughout the country. And I really feel that this bill will make people think twice about — before they abuse an animal, and hopefully end the horrific torture that some of these animals endure.

Mr. President, I want to thank you for getting behind this, for helping the animals of the United States. And hopefully you can work a deal and — with your China trade that we can — the meat trade over there too.

THE PRESIDENT: That’s pretty tough toward animals, isn’t it, when you think of it, right? We’re doing actually very well in that regard.

Tell me, why wasn’t this done many years ago? Could you — do you want to answer that?

MR. DIAMOND: There is no good answer, sir. Until you became President, it wasn’t going to happen.

THE PRESIDENT: Pretty amazing, you know? It’s almost common sense, right?

MR. DIAMOND: Exactly.

THE PRESIDENT: From the heart. But almost common sense. That’s pretty amazing.

Anybody would like to say something?

MR. IRBY: Yeah, Mr. President. Thank you so much for all that you’ve done as our President — and, Mr. Buchanan, you –for making this the first-ever anti-cruelty statute in American history. I know you must think a lot of that, and that really says a lot about everything you do as our President. And we’re proud to have you.

THE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you very much. I appreciate it. Anybody? Please.

MR. THOMPSON: Mr. President —

THE PRESIDENT: Yes.

MR. THOMPSON: Yeah, I just want to say that, you know, animals are changing in our society. It used to be they were just animals; now they’re family members. And what you’ve done today has another toolbox in the men and women who — in animal care and control who go out there and fight every day. Sooner or later, we’re going to put an end to this and the evil that comes with it.

THE PRESIDENT: Well, that’s very nicely stated. Thank you very much.

REPRESENTATIVE BUCHANAN: Let me only add, also —

THE PRESIDENT: Go ahead.

REPRESENTATIVE BUCHANAN: — Mr. President, I just wanted to say that this is a big bipartisan win. It takes time, unfortunately — you know better than anybody — to try and get something done up here. But with your leadership — and we’ve got some other good bipartisan wins we’re going to have shortly, I think. But this — this is how it came together. There was a lot of work by a lot of different groups and members of Congress on both sides.

THE PRESIDENT: What were the numbers?

REPRESENTATIVE BUCHANAN: A hundred percent, pretty much, for both sides, the House and the Senate. But again, that’s because of your leadership and what you brought to this effort.

THE PRESIDENT: That’s really great.

REPRESENTATIVE BUCHANAN: Thank you very much.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. I appreciate it.

Pam Bondi, would you like to say something?

MS. BONDI: I’ve prosecuted way too many of these cases, President. Way too many of these cases were prosecuted. And thanks to you, you’re going to save so many animals. Thank you.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much, Pam.

Well, thank you all very much. And we appreciate it. Maybe stay back and we’ll take a couple of pictures and we’ll let the media go. Thank you all very much. Thank you. I appreciate it. Thank you.

END 5:38 P.M. EST

ps. Conan approves…

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130 Responses to President Trump Signs H.R.724 – A Law to Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture – Video and Transcript…

  1. Dogsrule says:

    Thank GOD for our VSGDJT! It’s about time this happened. As someone who is married to a veterinarian and has taken in many dogs, horses and cats and helped various animal rescues afford to be able to do what they do, I am choked up with gratitude.

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  2. Sharon says:

    “We have a responsibility to honor the dignity of God’s creation.”

    We deplorable farm kids were taught that exact responsibility from the time we learned to walk – – in my case in the middle 1940s.

    It makes me sick that LAWS are required to stop people who want to torment animals, but I fully understand the need. I’ve seen, close up, the results of man’s inhumanity to animals.

    Again and again, POTUS is doing basically decent things, taking specifically righteous action on matters large and small, kind of like the moment at the debates when he realized Ben Carson had not heard his name called, and Donald John Trump, within 2 seconds, make the gentleman’s choice to stand aside when his name was called, and wait with Carson in the wings.

    It the left bonkers that all the stuff that they endlessly poll-test and shape and plan to create optics in their favor – – – just flows from POTUS’ life without a lot of effort. It’s the result of a lifetime of such choices, that’s why it flows out like it does.

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    • jello333 says:

      I just checked at DailyKos to see what they thought about this. I was wondering how they could spin even this in a negative way against Trump… which is exactly what they ordinarily do. Well, unless I’ve forgotten how to use their search engine it looks like they have posted NOTHING about this. Yep… it don’t matter what Trump does, no matter how good it is, these slimebags will NEVER give him credit. Sick.

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  3. Ellie says:

    “We have a responsibility to honor the dignity of God’s creation”

    Indeed we do.

    Liked by 3 people

  4. YvonneMarie says:

    Wish he would sigh a law banning baby in the womb killing.

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  5. DelAware says:

    I have several relatives and friends who are “animal cops.” They hold a lot in, and don’t share a lot often, because to do so can hurt others–the knowing, I mean. Plus there’s all sorts of legalities about protecting the privacy of disgusting people who are entitled to legal protection even while committing atrocities.

    So they carry a lot and sometimes just have to tell someone some of the details of the hells they witness. We try to give them a place to do that. Try to take up their burden for a bit, or just let them cry it out, or have someone hug them till they stop shaking.

    What they witness on a regular basis is horrific. I can only compare it to when I worked in an ER and saw what degenerates do to their vulnerable elders and children.

    Then these animal saints have to jump through miles of legal hoops to get even the slightest protection or relief for animals harmed–often with demonic cruelty.

    Honestly, I couldn’t do the job they do. If I saw even a fraction of what they see, with my own eyes, I’d go fullblown Rambo on those doing this to these innocent creatures. In my view deliberate malevolence toward the innocent should be a capital crime. Civilized men and women do not rejoice or take pleasure in the cries of an animal or child being harmed. Anyone who does should be culled swiftly and humanely.

    For too long cruelty and degeneracy have been given free run because our leaders have been heartless cowards who only care about power and money.

    FWIW, we fast on Thanksgiving in our house. We have feasts all the rest of the year–magnificent abundance. So Thanksgiving is a day we come together as a family to eat sparingly, and low on the food chain, as a way of thanking the earth and all its creatures for the amazing grace of our sustenance, and to thank our ancestors for bequeathing us this love of the natural world. We also do chores for wildlife instead of watching sportsball…and guzzling/eating even more. In times of privation, feasts of thanksgiving make sense. But we try to keep faith with all our ancestors who knew only the smallest abundances…and gave hearty thanks for those from the depths of their spirit.

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    • mugzey302 says:

      You hit the nail on the head when you said “demonic cruelty” . What’s going on in this country has everything to do with the spiritual realm. Including the “orange man bad” hatred of our President (they cannot give a rational argument for not approving of his work). There has been an incantation/spell/curse cast over this nation by highly organized luciferian/satanist/witchcraft groups in tandem for this purpose – they used it to first block his election (Almighty God intervened for His own purposes), and then to continue the hatred. It is possible to break this “enchantment” with intercessors prayer – Christians need to suit up (Ephesians 6) and get in the fight. The pertinent aspect is the requirement for blood sacrifices in those organizations, animal or human. This President is fighting so many enemies, on so many levels, the very least we can do is lift him up in prayer. Without his sacrifice to run for office, we would be in Hillary’s “re-education” ( death) camps. And, learning about spiritual warfare/intercession is absolutely critical NOW. The enemy of our souls is having his way in this country – we can’t expect a rapture to spare us from the really ugly stuff. May Almighty God bless us with courage and shalom.

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  6. L. E. Joiner says:

    I had never seen, nor even heard of such horrible videos until today. I can understand the states prohibiting such acts. But how is it the business of the Federal government? Apparently the Act prohibits not the acts but the interstate dissemination of videos depicting the acts. But would not that prohibition be open to a First Amendment challenge? Sounds like bad legislation to me. /LEJ

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  7. Bossmech says:

    Now how will this effect Halal butchering practices
    ? ?

    Liked by 2 people

    • jello333 says:

      Any killing of an animal (including for food) that causes suffering and isn’t instantaneous should be outlawed. And no, I couldn’t care less if some “religion” demands such sadistic killing.

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