Trump signs animal rights bill, but what does he really think about dogs?
Nobody divides opinion quite like US President Donald Trump, but the controversial leader's latest act has the stamp of approval from animal lovers across the world.
Published on the 28/11/2019, 16:00, Updated on the 19/12/2019, 15:22
The billionaire ex-reality star recently signed the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act, making animal cruelty a federal crime for the first time in US history.
Animals unite people
Anyone found guilty of mistreating an animal will now face large fines and up to seven years in prison.
In an increasingly divided political landscape, the act is a rare sign of unity from democrats and republicans. The bill passed by a unanimous vote earlier this year and was then signed into law by President Trump last Monday.
Donald Trump Signs Animal Cruelty Bill Into Federal Law
Donald Trump has signed the animal cruelty bill into federal law, making the crime punishable by up to 7 years in prison.Posted by UNILAD on Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Speaking from the Oval Office, Trump said:
"It is important that we combat these heinous and sadistic acts of cruelty, which are totally unacceptable in a civilized society."
The new law will help prosecutors penalise offenders, including those who cross state lines. Animal rights campaigners are also hoping it will help funnel more resources into investigating and preventing animal abuse.
Kitty Block is President and chief executive of the Humane Society of the United States. She said:
"For decades, a national anti-cruelty law was a dream for animal protectionists. Today, it is a reality."
A president without a pooch
But despite his commitment to animal safety, Trump is the first President to not have a dog in White House for over 120 years. When asked about his reluctance to find a presidential pooch, Trump said:
"I wouldn't mind having one, honestly, but I don't have any time. How would I look walking a dog on the White House lawn?"
We're not political experts, but surely a cute pooch would help boost his approval ratings? And with an election coming up next year, Trump's going to need all the help he can get!