Trump signs animal rights bill prohibiting brutal “crushing” videos

by Daniel Payne · Nov 26th, 2019 5:43 pm
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Last Updated Nov 26th, 2019 at 6:51 pm

President Trump on Monday signed a bill meant to narrowly outlaw a form of animal cruelty known as "crushing." This is the first animal rights bill of the president's term.

"Crushing" is a practice in which small animals are stomped and kicked with human feet, generally to death. It is often videotaped and distributed on the Internet. The new bill criminalizes the production of those videos.

The bill allows for numerous exceptions such as livestock processing and animal research.

After signing the bill, Trump rhetorically asked the assembled crowd why such a measure had not been passed prior to his administration, before responding: "Because Trump wasn't president."