President Trump signed a bill into law, making animal cruelty a federal crime. The Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act, bans abuse including crushing, burning, drowning, and suffocating, toward any non-human mammals, birds, reptiles or amphibians.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the bill in October and the Senate voted the following month.
The president officially signed the bill hours after welcoming a heroic dog to the White House. Conan helped bring down the ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Syria last month was honored by President Trump and Vice President Pence in the Rose Garden.