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WASHINGTON — Animal cruelty is now a federal crime. 

A bipartisan bill has passed Congress and President Trump signed it into law on Monday. 

“From the battlefields to the 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,” Trump said as he signed the bill into law Monday.

The Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture Act outlaws purposefully crushing, burning, drowning, suffocation, impalement or other violence causing serious bodily injury to Animals. 

Those convicted could face fines and up to seven years in prison. 

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