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Senator Harry Reid: Stop Blocking Bill to Criminalize Animal Abuse

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It was wrong to try to make a political point  by blocking a bipartisan bill that would punish people who torture kittens, puppies, etc., but that was exactly what Senator Minority Leader Harry Reid did on the floor of the Senate.

Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Penn.) was seeking a vote on a bill he introduced with Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) to make it a federal crime to commit the animal abuse known as "crushing." The move to vote on the bill was crushed - by Sen. Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).

“The act specifically bans the most appalling forms of animal abuse often known as crushing,” Toomey said explaining the Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act. “This is when a deranged individual actually tortures and sexually assaults household pets for some perverse enjoyment that they get.”

“Stopping this kind of obscene animal abuse is not controversial at all, there are no Republicans objecting to this legislation, the next Democratic leader is a co-sponsor - Senator Schumer is a co-sponsor of this legislation. There are 27 Democratic co-sponsors.”

“I reserve my right to object,” Reid said after Toomey made the request for unanimous consent to bring the PACT Act to a vote. [From Eric Scheiner of]

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Please allow this bill to be brought to a vote as soon as possible.  Do not let animals suffer because traditional politics have failed.

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