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Dee
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posted January 15, 2011 09:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dee     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
http://articles.cnn.com/2010-12-10/politics/animal.cruelty_1_dog-fighting-videos-crush-videos-animal-cruelty?_s=PM%3APOLITICS

President Barack Obama has signed a law that specifically bans so-called "crush videos" -- depictions of small animals being tortured to death by humans. The legislation came in response to a Supreme Court ruling this year striking down a broader congressional law dealing with animal cruelty.

The Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act criminalizes the creation, sale, and marketing of these specific kinds of videos, which lawmakers had labeled as "obscene." Penalties of up to seven years in prison would be possible
The videos mostly depict women -- with their faces unseen -- stomping helpless animals such as rabbits to death with spiked-heel shoes or with their bare feet. The videos apparently satisfy a sexual fetish for those who produce and watch them, said animal rights activists who supported the new bill.

"By cracking down on the creation and distribution of crush videos, this bipartisan law effectively protects both animals and free speech," said Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon, one of the co-sponsors of the bill.

Sens. Jon Kyl, R-Arizona, and Richard Burr, R-North Carolina, also helped draft the legislation.

Supporters said the high court ruling opened the door for Congress to craft a "narrowly tailored" bill aimed at banning this specific type of commercial activity.

"We are thankful that countless animals will now be spared from intentional torture for sick entertainment and profit," said Wayne Pacelle of the Humane Society of the United States, which has worked for years to stop the mostly underground activity.

The justices by an 8-1 margin struck down a broader 1999 federal law designed to stop the sale and marketing of videos showing dogfighting and other acts of animal cruelty, saying it was an unconstitutional violation of free speech. That specific case dealt with a Virginia man who sold videos of dogs fighting each other at an overseas location.

But the lone dissenter, Justice Samuel Alito focused his attention on crush videos. "The animals used in crush videos are living creatures that experience excruciating pain. Our society has long banned such cruelty," he said. The courts, he said, have "erred in second-guessing the legislative judgment about the importance of preventing cruelty to animals."

Alito at the time predicted mores crush videos would soon flood the underground market, because the ruling has "the practical effect of legalizing the sale of such videos."


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posted January 16, 2011 10:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

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posted January 16, 2011 11:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MoonWitch     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank goodness. I can't imagine what kind of person could enjoy watching that... Let alone getting some sort of sexual satisfaction watching it.

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posted January 17, 2011 10:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sick people in the world.

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posted January 19, 2011 02:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BearsArcher     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank God!!! I just about burst into tears when I read about "crush videos". My mind works in images so as soon as I read it I pictured the worst and my heart just sank.

I have no compassion for people that do such horrible things to animals.

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