No More Animal Cruelty Videos?

Three months after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the conviction of a Virginia man prosecuted under the 1999 law for selling dog-fighting videos, a new bill aimed at stopping these vile videos has passed the House of Representatives in a landslide.

This bill, called the Prevention of Interstate Commerce in Animal Crush Videos Act, would outlaw “obscene” depictions of acts that violate cruelty-to-animals laws, such as crush videos—in which women kill puppies, kittens, and rabbits by stomping on them with their bare feet or in high heels. “These videos have no redeeming value and clearly fall outside the realm of protected speech,” says Rep. James P. Moran, D-Va., one of the sponsors of the bill. “Not only are they viciously inhumane to the animals involved, but they also teach behavior that can lead to other violent crimes against animals and humans.”

No More Animal Cruelty Videos No More Animal Cruelty Videos?Rep. Elton Gallegly  (R-Simi Valley), the bill’s chief sponsor, said the measure addressed the court’s free-speech concerns, which passed 416 to 3, headed to the Senate for expected approval.

Urge your senator to do the right thing and approve this bill.

Filed Under: Animal & Plant Life

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