Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today met with animal rights advocates to discuss issues and challenges pertaining to the protection of animals. Among them was Mexican American entertainer Marco Antonio Regil, an outspoken advocate for animal rights. Cortez Masto recently cosponsored the Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act, a bipartisan bill would be the first-ever federal law to grant all animals federal protections against cruelty and abuse, if passed.
“It is our responsibility to protect animals from senseless acts of cruelty. Under current law, federal law enforcement is unable to protect animals from egregious abuse or arrest abusers even if there is overwhelming evidence of torture. This needs to change. There needs to be more guidelines and policies in place to improve accountability and to further protect animals from all types of harmful treatment. It is past time that we put an end to animal cruelty and effectively ban abusive behavior.”