Crush Videos Are Illegal Cruelty - Not Protected Free Speech

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Originally Posted: 5 May 2010

Crush Videos Are Illegal Cruelty - Not Protected Free Speech


Tell your Senators and Representative to co-sponsor and/or support H.R. 5092 to amend section 48 (relating to depiction of animal cruelty) of title 18, United States Code, and for other purposes.

Crush fetish videos use rabbits and other small animals such as kittens, puppies, mice, hamsters... Videos/photos show women in heels piercing and crushing animals to death. This new bill enforces a law against crush videos.


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Dear Representatives, Senators, and House Judiciary Committee Members:

A 4/20/10 U.S. Supreme Court ruling facilitates animal torture in "Crush" fetish videos. In light of this U.S. vs. Stevens ruling, it is imperative that legislators back the Crush Act Amendment, H.R. 5092. The 1999 Crush Act had prohibited creation, sale and possession of supplies depicting acts of animal cruelty. However, the new edict focuses on "depiction" rather than actual abuse. It deems the 1999 rule unconstitutional and vague.

A Missouri man was already acquitted under this U.S. vs. Stevens ruling. He’d posted videos of himself mutilating deer by driving over them repeatedly. But his depiction of this savage act was protected as free speech. Please help enforce a ban on portrayals of animal cruelty -- a ban that recognizes the physical cruelty required to produce such images. Without clear legal language, crush videos, animal fighting films and more ghastly exposes will flourish.

Nearly 100 legislators support Rep. Elton Gallegly's (R-CA) Crush Act Amendment. If you are a cosponsor, I thank you. If not, I urge you to get behind H.R. 5092. I encourage House Judiciary members to move H.R. 5092 from committee to the floor for a vote. I also ask the Senate to follow with prompt authorship and sponsorship of a bill like H.R. 5092.

Crush fetish videos show a woman's high-heeled feet stomping small animals such as rodents, puppies and kittens. This is nothing short of an "animal snuff film." Defenseless creatures are killed for entertainment. They suffer unbearably while crushed and dismembered.

H.R. 5092 would bypass the Court's decision to invalidate the Crush Act. It would still ban the sale/circulation of animals shown crushed, drowned, stabbed or burned (where these activities are Illegal).

I am counting on our elected officials to take a no-tolerance stance on violent cruelty. Please prevent a rebirth of the crush video industry with swift passage of the Crush Act Amendment H.R. 5092.


Thank you for everything you do for animals!