Senate Votes to Ban Animal Crush VideosPosted by Stephan Otto, ALDF's Director of Legislative Affairs on September 29, 2010
Last night, the U.S. Senate voted unanimously to pass the language of S. 3841 through a substitute amendment to H.R. 5566 which will ban the sale of animal crush videos. Thank you to all who emailed and called your Senators to urge them to support this important legislation!
Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court in an 8-1 decision (in U.S. v. Stevens) struck down a 1999 law that prohibited the interstate commerce of animal crush videos (depictions of small animals being crushed to death by humans for sexual fetish purposes) and other depictions of animal cruelty. The court found the law was overly broad and therefore an unconstitutional violation of free speech.
In the wake of the Supreme Court decision, there has been a resurgence of these loathsome videos – videos which had all but disappeared from the marketplace following the 1999 law.
A new law targeting the market for these gruesome depictions would give law enforcement a much-needed tool for stemming the proliferation of these videos.
The legislation will now go back to the House, which approved a similar bill in July with a near-unanimous vote. Once approved by the House, the bill will go to the President to be signed into law.