Thanks to your perseverance, the U.S. House Of Representatives passed (416-3) H.R. 5566, the Prevention of Interstate Commerce in Animal Crush Videos Act of 2010. This partial victory is a decisive snub to a 4/20 Supreme Court ruling that protects crush fetish videos as free speech. The U.S. Vs. Stevens ruling focused on "depiction" rather than actual abuse -- the portrayal of high-heeled feet stomping small animals to death. H.R. 5092 bypasses the Court's decision, enforcing a ban on sale/circulation of animals shown crushed, drowned, stabbed or burned.
After Congress returns from recess in September, it is imperative that the Senate introduce a Crush Videos Act of 2010.
Some 262 Reps signed on as H.R. 5566 cosponsors. I am counting on my Senators to pass similar legislation before the 111th legislative session ends on January 3, 2011.
The House's 416-3 vote is a decisive snub of a 4/20/10 Supreme Court ruling that facilitates animal torture in crush fetish videos. The U.S. vs. Stevens edict focuses on "depiction," rather than actual abuse. It deems the 1999 Crush Act unconstitutional and vague. Thus portrayals of high-heeled feet
stomping small animals to death are protected as free speech.
The fatal mutilation of puppies, kittens, rodents and other creatures should not masquerade as entertainment or fall under First Amendment rights. These defenseless animals suffer unbearably while crushed and dismembered.
H.R. 5092 enforces a ban on the sale and circulation of animals shown crushed, drowned, stabbed or burned. The bill's language is crafted to survive future First Amendment challenges. I urge the Senate to follow suit with an equally strong bill that puts crush fetish videos out of business.