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Victory: President Signs New Crush Act into Law

Friday, December 10, 2010 - 5:15pm

On Thursday, December 9, at a ceremony at the White House, President Barack Obama signed the Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act of 2010 into law. The new law prohibits the creation and distribution of “crush videos” and establishes a penalty of up to seven years in prison.

In April 2010, the United States Supreme Court struck down the original “Crush Act” (the Depictions of Animal Cruelty Act), a federal law passed in 1999, finding its language to be overbroad and unconstitutional. The law was meant to stop the creation and sale of crush videos and other depictions of illegal acts of animal cruelty. The animal welfare and law enforcement communities have been concerned that lack of a federal law to prohibit crush videos would lead to resurgence in their trade—done mostly via the Internet—which was suppressed effectively by the 1999 law.

The Court’s ruling did leave the door open for the Act to be rewritten—and to their credit, several members of Congress wasted no time in drafting and introducing amendments that would 1) withstand test of constitutionality, and 2) address one of the Court’s main problems with the original Act by including exemptions for visual depictions of hunting, trapping, and fishing. The Senate version of the legislation was introduced by U.S. Senators Jon Kyl (R-AZ) Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Richard Burr (R-NC); the House version was introduced by Representatives Elton Gallegly (R-CA) and Gary Peters (D-MI).

“The ASPCA has long recognized the dangerous potential for animal cruelty to lead to more serious crimes,” says Dr. Randall Lockwood, Senior Vice President of ASPCA Forensic Sciences and Anti-Cruelty Projects. “By banning crush videos, our federal government is potentially helping to protect the community from other serious crimes and sending a clear message to individuals seeking to profit from the suffering of helpless animals. This law protects both animals and free speech by focusing specifically on crush videos, which clearly have no place in our society.”

The Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act has a narrower focus than the 1999 law, but still prohibits creating or distributing depictions of non-human animals being intentionally crushed, burned, drowned, suffocated, impaled, or otherwise subjected to serious bodily injury.

Read the Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act.

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Wow

"By banning crush videos, our federal government is potentially helping to protect the community from other serious crimes and sending a clear message to individuals seeking to profit from the suffering of helpless animals...."

So... we're ready to protect and fight against animal cruelty yet allow the cruel abortion of human babies. What a twisted generation.

Careful

I like your sentiment, but I think comparing the death of animals to humans taken to its ultimate conclusions is a slippery slope.

All life is sacred, but not all life is equal. A human life is vastly more valuable than an animals for many reasons - one being no animal has the ability to actually improve and positively influence mankind for generations to come.

Mac

I don't know.... I think the word "non-human" needs to be removed. Of course then all the R rated action thrillers would be illegal... all the Horror chainsaw type movies would not be around. But then again, Anti abortion forces could not secretly video tape live birth abortions and put them out for everyone to see.

It would be interesting what removing one word could do...

Doubly Careful

I like you sentiment as well. However, it is dangerous to value human life based on the potential of that life. How much potential do the very elderly have? Or the severely handicapped?

Sharon Phillips

So..... there are people out there that don't contribute either, sod.... we should allow them to be tortured and not consider them "valuable"? Is THAT what you are saying?

nick

you are sooo right. It is a needed law but strange how animals seem to rate higher in Americas concerns than human beings.

Sharon Phillips

If animals rated higher than humans, they would have the same rights NOT to be punished, tortured, abused and neglected. What rights have been taken away from you and given to an animal? If you are raped the rapist goes to court. A dog is tortured and what does the abuser get? Please.

Edward

What a ridiculous comparison. The differences between animals and humans is seemingly endless, but here are a couple, just for fun:

Animals cannot cry out, "Crush video loser, stop stepping on me!"
Animals act without guile and deception, unlike many humans.
Animals don't destroy the environment.
Animals don't kill other animals to take their car, money, business, property or to collect on a life insurance policy.
Animals don't emotionally abuse other animals to control them.
Animals don't kill their parents to collect their inheritance.
Animals don't marry or date other animals so they can get a free car, house, life, etc.
Animals don't "accidentally" get pregnant to force someone into marriage.

The list goes on and on.

Bam Bam

Edward- what planet are YOU living on??!!
Animals routinely destroy their environment. They overgraze until there is no grass, then move somewhere else. They eat all the prey until they starve because there's no prey left. They will overpopulate until they starve.
Animals DO kill other animals out of vengeance as well. Read some of Jane Goodall's writings to learn what Chimps to do other Chimps. Shocking stuff. And, they "didn't learn it from man"- they are acting like the animals that they are.
Animals do rape other animals. The female Hyena has a false penis she uses to do just that.
The Goldeneye (a bird) lays its eggs in other bird's nests. The Cuckoo does it as well (and when the Cuckoo hatches, it pushes the other birds out of the nest!) MURDER!! The Cowbird does as well- often the Cowbird mother EATS the other eggs (murder) to ensure hers are cared for.

And don't even get me started on the insect world! Holy Smokes!! -- they wage war, keep slaves, and more.

The animal kingdom isn't a Disney movie...

Bam Bam

Edward, you know, I re-read your list; animals do every single thing you mentioned!
Not for cash, but to get ahead and survive, which in the Animal Kingdom is the same as $$$ in the bank!

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