The Animal Cruelty Enforcement (ACE) Act, H.R.1016, would establish a dedicated Animal Cruelty Crimes section at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to aid in the investigation, enforcement, and prosecution of felony animal cruelty crimes. Laws that would fall under the jurisdiction of the division include the Horse Protection Act and the Animal Fighting Venture Prohibition Act.
While all 50 states currently have laws in place to prohibit animal cruelty, enforcement of these laws across the U.S. continue to see lengthy delays, with many crimes going unprosecuted completely. Dedicated staff at the DOJ would facilitate stronger enforcement of animal cruelty laws by providing specialized knowledge and a streamlined process for handling these offenses.
SUPPORT THE ACE ACT!
Contact your U.S. Rep and urge them to support the ACE Act by cosponsoring the bill. Call the Capitol Switchboard to be transferred directly to their office: 202-224-3121
SUGGESTED SCRIPT FOR CONTACTING YOUR LEGISLATORS
As a constituent, I'm calling to request that (your legislator's name) cosponsor the Animal Cruelty Enforcement (ACE) Act, H.R.1016, which would establish a dedicated animal cruelty crimes division at the Department of Justice to aid in the investigation, enforcement, and prosecution of federal felony animal cruelty crimes.
U.S. laws are in place to protect animals from torture and abuse, but we need further action to ensure these laws are being enforced across the country. It's clear that creating an animal cruelty crimes section at the Department of Justice will help bring those who abuse animals to justice. By bringing charges against perpetrators of animal cruelty, we can prevent individuals with a propensity for violence from further harming animals or turning that violence on people.
Please cosponsor and support the Animal Cruelty Enforcement (ACE) Act, H,R,1016, without delay.