Colorado Congressman Joe Neguse introduced a bill this month that would increase the regulation of animal cruelty cases across the country. The Animal Cruelty Enforcement (ACE) Act will establish a division in the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) that would investigate, enforce and prosecute felony animal cruelty crimes. The bill will create a dedicated team at the DOJ that will focus on animal cruelty laws and work to streamline the process for addressing these offenses.
In his press release, Rep. Neguse acknowledged that “proper enforcement of animal cruelty laws will protect animal welfare and help keep each of our communities safe from the violence often linked to these crimes.” He also noted that “the Animal Cruelty Enforcement Act, seeks to right this by providing the necessary resources and staffing for efficient enforcement of these laws, so animals and communities alike are protected and justice is served.”
The bill was introduced on August 14 and was referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
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