Make Sale of Crush Videos Illegal...Again

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Originally Posted: 20 July 2010

Make Sale of Crush Videos Illegal...Again

FROM American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)

Contact your U.S. representative to support and co-sponsor H.R. 5092 to amend the Crush Act to stop the creation and sale of horrific videos depicting live animals being intentionally maimed, mutilated, tortured, wounded or killed.

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On April 20, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in U.S. v. Stevens that the "Crush Act," a 1999 federal law banning the creation, sale and possession of materials depicting genuine acts of animal cruelty where such acts are illegal, is unconstitutional and overbroad in its scope.

"Crush" fetish videos (also called "squish" videos) generally depict a woman's feet as they crush to death small animals such as rodents and kittens. The Crush Act was intended to stop the creation and sale of these horrific videos depicting live animals being intentionally maimed, mutilated, tortured, wounded or killed.

The day after the Supreme Court's ruling, Representative Gallegly (R-CA) introduced H.R. 5092, a new bill designed to overcome the Supreme Court's decision to strike down the Crush Act. The new bill amends the Crush Act to give it a much narrower focus, but would still prohibit selling or offering to sell any depictions of animals being crushed, drowned, impaled or burned where such acts are illegal.


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