Friday, July 23, 2010
Ban Crush Videos
via The Humane Society of the United States: A 1999 investigation uncovered Internet traffic on a large scale involving crush videos, where women in high-heeled shoes impale, crush, stomp or smother small animals for the sexual titillation of viewers.
Public disgust over this horrifying subculture prompted Congress to take action. But the U.S. Supreme Court has invalidated the 1999 federal law banning the commercial sale of videos depicting illegal animal cruelty.
In the wake of the Supreme Court's decision, the House has approved new legislation, (H.R. 5566)—by an overwhelming vote of 416 to 3—to ban the distribution and sale of obscene crush videos. Now it's the Senate's turn. Senators Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), and Richard Burr (R-NC) plan to introduce a crush video bill in the Senate.
Contact your U.S. senators and urge them to join as original cosponsors of the crush video bill that Senators Kyl, Merkley, and Burr will introduce soon. Please send a personalized email to your senators to support this legislation!