Denounce Blockage of Anti-Animal Torture Act

Target: Harry Reid, U.S. Senate Minority Leader

Goal: Criticize senator for blocking legislation that would make it federally illegal to brutally abuse any animal.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has blocked the Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture Act (PACT), which would make it federally illegal to engage in a form of animal abuse known as “crushing.” Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) requested unanimous consent since the legislation was not controversial and the majority of Democrats and Republicans had already shown favor for its passing. The bill was also endorsed by the Humane Society and the National Sheriff’s Association. Unanimous consent is typically used in such cases and allows dire legislation such as this to progress through the process quicker.

Currently, only videos and pictures of “crushing” are illegal, meaning federal prosecutors cannot bring the abusers themselves to justice without passing this legislation. This heinous form of animal abuse that some deranged individuals engage in includes burning, mutilating, suffocating, and sexually abusing animals. Often, the targets are household pets that are bought or traded on the internet, and often the abuser makes money off the photos. It is a shame that legislation to prosecute this crime does not already exist, yet while this is the first law that would protect all animals, Reid seems to have his own agenda.

During the vote to pass the PACT, Reid said he did not want to vote on a bill that has not received a hearing until there is a hearing for Judge Merrick Garland to fill the empty Supreme Court Justice seat. Reid brings up an important issue, but it does not mean animal abusers should be allowed to walk free. The PACT would charge these acts to a felony, which would come with fines and up to seven years in prison. Unfortunately, Reid’s partisan agenda and apparent joy in wielding his power will likely cost many innocent animals their lives. Denounce Reid for his grave mistake in blocking this important legislation and allowing animal abusers to evade justice.


Dear Senator Reid,

Your recent decision to block the Prevention of Animal Cruelty and Torture Act (PACT) is abominable. Due to your personal, partisan agenda, you have decided to allow crimes against animals to continue unpunished. Burning, suffocating, sexually abusing, or any other kind of animal torture should already be illegal under federal law, and we are ashamed that you would do anything to prevent such a worthy bill.

It is not often that Republicans and Democrats can agree. In the case of the PACT, though, nearly everyone was on board and knew that this was important legislation. Organizations like the Humane Society and the National Sheriff’s Association were also in favor of this bill. No one thinks you are a hero for sacrificing abused animals just to make a political point. There are bigger things in this world, and protecting innocent animals is our responsibility as a people and a nation. We, the undersigned, condemn your behavior in blocking this bill, which would have made it punishable under federal law to brutally abuse any animal.


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  1. Now I fully understand why you are so hated in Washington. What kind of sick mind do you have to not want to stop this kind of abuse? I sure hope you lose your job just because of this lack of caring for voiceless animals!

  2. Shame on you Harry Reid, U.S. Senate Minority Leader, for condoning this type of inhumane abuse. Really? Hmmm might you be guilty of such acts? It truly makes me wonder why you are against this bill. What a loser you are.

  3. At the expense of suffering animals, Sen. Reid is playing politics. This is worse than despicable. To hold this bill hostage until he gets his way with a Supreme Court nominee is unspeakably base. It was karma that he lost the one eye; he will soon see what karma will befall him as a result of his callousness to animal abuse.

  4. LIZ THOMPSON says:

    Senator Reid…so glad this is your last term! You are a disgrace to the State of Nevada…you will long be remembered for this callousness and stupidity! The animals should come first, not your damn agenda! This bill was a perfect chance to save them, and you killed it! Thanks, Harry…

  5. Rosemary Anderson says:

    Harry Reid is obviously badly educated because he doesn’t know the difference of right from wrong. You are wrong you little git! What kind of person are you that you would block this kind of legislation. NOW the people can see you for your true colors, you vile pretentious git.

  6. Harry Reid id a vile ,incompetent,corrupt, animal hating POS.He would make excellent fertilizer.I wish the POS a short and painful life!

  7. Brenda Psaras says:

    He probably watches them!

  8. Really????? DOES THIS SURPRISE ANYONE??? Reid is a power hungry do nothing old fart that should give up his seat NOW and let someone who wants to do what is right for everyone(not just for Reid, his friends and his greed of power) What a useless filler of a seat in the Senate. Let someone who wants to do what is right and because he can’t and won’t do what is right to protect thousands of innocent animals they will die horrible deaths.

    I hope your seat is replaced very soon, with someone no matter Rep or Dem who cares about all of American Public not just a few and the important issues about innocent animals tortured and murdered by evil persons that could be stopped if you backed bills to stop it ….since over the years your record shows that you don’t care.

  9. Linda Cummings says:

    I saw one of these crush videos by mistake and it was the sickest thing I have ever seen. I am an animal rights crusader so I have seen a lot of horrible things. But the crush video was the worst. I think this weak spine excuse for a representative of the people should watch one of these horrific videos. And then try to block legislation to prevent these sadistic acts. This is just one more reason I hate politicians. Who wouldn’t want animals to be protected from sadistic torture?! Oh, Harry Reid, that’s who.

    • He probably gets off watching stuff like the disgusting crush videos!!!? It’s the old boys club and unfortunately they’re under the illusion that they’re untouchable……wrong!

  10. Laurie Miskell says:

    “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” ― Mahatma Gandhi


  12. His Facebook is full of comments. The petition needs to be sent to US CONGRESS, he will just throw it away!!

  13. I can only hope that Harry Reid dies a very slow, excruciatingly painful, horrible, miserable, and lonely death! The world does not need assholes such as this nefarious bag of shit. Harry Reid will have his judgement day… Hopefully his dark soul will get recycled:)

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