Thursday, January 8, 2009
Washington D.C. - In mid December, it was reported that the Department of Justice asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take up an animal cruelty case, arguing that an appeals court erred in declaring unconstitutional a federal law that bans selling depictions of animals being tortured. The first case to go to trial under the new law -- passed in 1999 -- involved Robert J. Stevens, a Virginia man who sold videos of pit bulls fighting and killing pigs. He was charged with three counts of selling depictions of animal cruelty.
Recently, the New York Times provided more insight into the 1999 law. About a decade ago Congress made it a crime to sell "crush videos" and almost all other depictions of unlawful cruelty to animals. If you have not seen a crush video, please do not start now. Often they involve a woman wearing high-heeled shoes that crushes a small animal to death. This occurs as the small animal cries out in pain. Congress termed the behavior as "a very specific sexual fetish" and criminalized the depiction of it.
There are two important questions at stake now. The first is whether or not the "crush video" animal cruelty depiction can be expanded to include depictions of dogfighting and other acts of animal cruelty. The other question is whether or not the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the case.1 The Times is under the inclination that the Court will. This is partly because the United States solicitor general asked them to and also because the case involves a federal statute that has been held unconstitutional.
Professor Volokh, a First Amendment specialist at the University of California, Los Angeles, said he believed the 1999 law was unconstitutional, and predicted that the Supreme Court would strike it down. Yet it is always difficult to judge how the Court will rule. The current Justice Department has pursued at least three prosecutions under the law, all involving videos of dogfights. It would certainly be a victory for dogs and communities if the video depiction of dogfighting was formally outlawed.
12/12/08: Edward Faron of Wildside Kennels Has Been Charged by Authorities
11/16/08: Massive Dogfighting Sting in Harris County, Texas
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| 1/08/2009 3:54 PM |
I had never heard of a 'crush video' before this article, and all I can say is: Those are some sick, disgusting FREAKS!
I've long suspected that a similar 'fetish' exist for pit bull fanciers... some sort of perverse arousal through the ownership of a breed that mutilates and kills.
It makes me puke. These freaks belong in hell.
| 1/09/2009 9:36 AM |
Here is a good article that points out the absurdity of the claims made by the people that want the manufacture and sale of these videos to be legal.
| 1/09/2009 1:22 PM |
I agree with the above poster... I think there is a sub-culture of pit bull owners who have fetishized pit bulls. If you hang around on some of the message boards, you get a clear picture of how obsessed some of the posters are with the breed.....to a point where it doesn't seem psychologically healthy.
| 1/10/2009 12:40 AM |
Hogdoggers busted for video of caged hog being shredded...YEEHAW!!!
Wonder if STOP BSL will contribute to their legal defense?
| 1/11/2009 1:27 AM |
Make no mistake. These sick bastards have a compulsion to engage in blood sports much like a pedophile is drawn to the boy scouts. They can not control their sick desires. People like Mike Vick and Ed Faron are about as likely to be "cured" of their sickness as a pedophile priest. That's why they are desperately seeking alternatives to dog fighting like hog dogging.