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Federal Laws and Acts

Animal Welfare Act

  • Establishes humane care and treatment for animals

  • Provides animals with nutrition, water, sanitation, housing, and veterinary care

  • Prohibits animal fighting

  • Procedures to ensure animal pain and distress is minimized 

  • Regulations for research facilities regarding care and treatment of animals

Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act

  • It is unlawful for any person to purposefully engage in *animal crushing* 

  • Prevents the creation and distribution of animal crush videos

*Animal Crushing: an animal is crushed, burned, drowned, suffocated, impaled, or otherwise subjected to serious bodily injury. Producing unconsciousness and death with evidence of pain or distress

State Acts and Laws