U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey; Kristen Tullo, the state director of the Humane Society; and Melissa Smith, executive director of the York County SPCA, held a news conference in York County on Tuesday, April 3, to call for passage of the Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture Act.

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The PACT Act establishes a federal law prohibiting a form of animal abuse known as "crushing," in which individuals maim and torture animals.

Despite taking steps in 2010 to ban the sale of videos depicting animal crushing, Congress failed to make the underlying act of crushing a federal crime.

The U.S. Senate unanimously approved the PACT Act in December 2017, and the bill now awaits consideration from the U.S. House.

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