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|Originally Posted: 22 July 2010|
Tell Your Senator to Support the Latest Version of the Crush Video Prohibition Bill, H.R. 5566
Tell your Senator to vote YES on H.R. 5566. This Bill has recently passed the House. While not ideal, the goal of this bill is to put a stop to the crush video industry with a law that can withstand any First Amendment challenges.
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INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS
The latest version of the crush video prohibition H.R. 5566, The Prevention of Interstate Commerce in Animal Crush Videos Act of 2010, has proven to be the most successful effort so far, as the House of Representatives passed it on Wednesday, July 21.
This is the third version of the bill introduced since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the existing law in the case of U.S. v. Stevens on the grounds that it was unconstitutionally vague and it is the only version that won full approval from the House Judiciary Committee.
This version of the bill differs from earlier versions because it includes a requirement that any depiction (photograph, motion-picture film, video recording, or electronic image showing conduct in which one or more living animals is intentionally crushed, burned, drowned, suffocated, or impaled) be “obscene,” not just cruel. It also has exemptions for veterinary and agricultural husbandry practices as well as depictions of hunting.
While not ideal, the goal of this bill is to put a stop to the crush video industry with a law that can withstand any First Amendment challenges. This bill should accomplish that sole purpose, even if it fails to extend its protection to other depictions of animal cruelty.
Thank you for everything you do for animals!