House Passes Bill Banning Animal Crush Videos

Posted by Matthew Liebman, ALDF Staff Attorney on July 27, 2010

Good news from Congress: last week, the House of Representatives voted 416-3 to pass the Prevention of Interstate Commerce in Animal Crush Videos Act of 2010, which would prohibit the sale and distribution of crush videos in interstate and foreign commerce. As readers of this blog know, animal crush videos contain depictions of small animals being crushed underfoot for the sexual gratification of the viewer.  

This new law, which must still pass the Senate, is a response to the United States Supreme Court’s decision this past April in U.S. v. Stevens. In Stevens, the Court invalidated a 1999 law that prohibited the sale, possession, and distribution of any depiction of animal cruelty that lacked serious religious, political, scientific, educational, journalistic, historical, or artistic value. By a vote of 8-1, the Court held that the old law was overbroad and swept up too much constitutionally protected speech, such as hunting videos. The Court left open the possibility that a more narrowly tailored law could be found constitutional. This new law is Congress’s attempt to craft a law that sidesteps the concerns the Court raised in Stevens.  

This new law is essential, because recent investigations by the Humane Society of the United States have shown that crush videos are on the rise in the wake of the Stevens decision. Hopefully the Senate will act as quickly and decisively as the House did to once again criminalize the commercial exploitation of animals in crush videos.


3 thoughts on “House Passes Bill Banning Animal Crush Videos

  1. Amy Rinker says:

    This is an extemely sick and vile act and should be punishable to the fullest extent of the law,includung imprisonment!! I do not understand how anyone in their right mind could do such a sick act against such innocent and defenseless creatures! I find this to be extremely upsetting, disturbung and nauseating! It is beyond sick and cruel!! I wish the sick animal killers could be caught, brought to justice and imprisoned with the meanest inmates!!

  2. Luke Swanhart says:

    A PERSONAL LETTER IS BEST, BUT I HAVE AN ONLINE PETITION. 8,000 signatures and growing. It automatically emails your federal law makers.
    SIGN HERE!
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    http://www.change.org/petitions/view/support_hr_5092-make_crush_kittenpuppy_videos_illegal

    CONTENTS OF PETITION-

    Re: For National Security, Please support abolishment of crush kitten/crush puppy video pornography.

    For the interests of national security and fight against terrorism, please SUPPORT HR 5566 (originally HR 5092) which has passed the House of Representatives, requires Senate approval and Senate bill: Crush kitten/crush puppy videos are corrupting America including our young giving rise to new legions of serial killers, psychopaths, and National terrorists. American Psychiatric Association names animal cruelty as a criteria for conduct and Personality disorders.

    Anything you can do to support and help pass this Federal bill would be much appreciated to abolish the growing crush kitten/crush puppy video industry in America for a safer society and the fight against terrorism in our Country.

    Exposure to such animal torture videos will lead to future Jeffrey Dahmers, violent criminals, national terrorists, and fits FBI serial killer profiling.

    May God Bless our Country, and continue to be a leader of morality for the entire Globe.

    Sincerely,

  3. Clark says:

    I had no idea that such a thing existed until I read an article pertaining to a politician running for office and his political stand on videos such as this. Is it just me, or is this world TRULY getting sicker and sicker by each passing minute? It enrages me when inhumane monsters can take another living, breathing, being (whether human or animal) and treat it with such disrespect. I wonder how these soul-less shells of “humans” would like it if they were crushed? Perhaps a little time in a trash compactor would help them feel the same pain they inflict on their helpless victims. At the very least, it would help eliminate those that are a complete waste of oxygen.