Tell the U.S. Government to Ban Crush Videos
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Update 11/19/10: Congress passed the final version of the Crush Video Prohibition Act. When Obama signs it into the law, this cruel commerce will once again be illegal. Thanks for helping make this victory possible!
Update 07/22/10: H.R. 5566 overwhemingly passed the House of Representatives (416-3). Now it's the Senate's turn to consider the bill. Please keep the pressure on!
Update 06/26/10: H.R. 5566 unanimously made it out of committee and will be voted on by the House of Representatives. Similar legislation is making its way through the Senate. Please tell your reps to support the new law banning crush videos.
On April 20, 2010, the Supreme Court voided a ban against videos that depict graphic violence towards animals. Chief Justice Roberts wrote, speaking for the majority of the 8-1 decision, that the law violated free speech protected by the First Amendment.
The justices threw out the criminal sentence of Robert Stevens. Stevens was sentenced to three years in prison for making a video about pitbull fights. Stevens did not participate in the dog fighting, but he compiled and sold the videotapes.
The law was originally enacted to stop the distribution of crush videos. Crush videos are sexual fetish videos which depict women crushing small animals to death with their bare feet or high heeled shoes.
While the law has only been used to pursue those who sell dog fighting tapes, it was successful against the crush video industry. After the law was enacted, the crush video industry virtually disappeared.
Without the 1999 law, we could see a resurgence of crush video tapes on the internet. Urge the U.S. government to act now to stop the sale of these videos.
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