There was a recent d
ecision made by the Supreme Court of Justice that
the online Crush videos (usually where women in high heeled shoes crush
animals to death) is a freedom of speech and will not be banned from the
internet. This is not only wrong, but horrific and something must be
done to change this decision. Please sign this petition if you are
AGAINST Crush videos, wish to see them removed off the internet and
agree that ALL animal abuse should be illegal and should be a felony.
is more information on the case:
"WASHINGTON (April 20) -- The
Supreme Court struck down a federal law Tuesday aimed at banning videos
that show graphic violence against animals, saying it violates the
right to free speech.
The justices, voting 8-1, threw out the
criminal conviction of Robert Stevens of Pittsville, Va., who was
sentenced to three years in prison for videos he made about pit bull
The law was enacted in 1999 to limit Internet sales of
so-called crush videos, which appeal to a certain sexual fetish by
showing women crushing to death small animals with their bare feet or
But Chief Justice John Roberts, writing for
the majority, said the law goes too far, suggesting that a measure
limited to crush videos might be valid. Animal cruelty and dog fighting
already are illegal throughout the country.
In dissent, Justice
Samuel Alito said the harm animals suffer in dogfights is enough to
sustain the law.
Alito said the ruling probably will spur new
crush videos because it has "the practical effect of legalizing the
sale of such videos."
Animal rights groups, including the Humane
Society of the United States and the American Society for the
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and 26 states joined the Obama
administration in support of the law. The government sought a ruling
that treated videos showing animal cruelty like child pornography, not
entitled to constitutional protection.
But Roberts said the law
could be read to allow the prosecution of the producers of films about
hunting. And he scoffed at the administration's assurances that it
would only apply the law to depictions of extreme cruelty. "
First Amendment protects against the government," Roberts said. "We
would not uphold an unconstitutional statute merely because the
government promised to use it responsibly."
Stevens ran a
business and Web site that sold videos of pit bull fights. He is among a
handful of people prosecuted under the animal cruelty law. He noted in
rt papers that his sentence was 14 months longer than professional
football player Michael Vick's prison term for running a dogfighting
A federal judge rejected Stevens' First Amendment claims,
but the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia ruled in his
The administration persuaded the high court to intervene,
but for the second time this year, the justices struck down a federal
law on free speech grounds. In January, the court invalidated parts of a
63-year-old law aimed at limiting corporate and union involvement in
Free speech advocates cheered Tuesday's
"Speech is protected whether it's popular or unpopular,
harmful or unharmful," said David Horowitz, executive director of the
Media Coalition. The group submitted a brief siding with Stevens on
behalf of booksellers, documentary film makers, theater owners,
writers' groups and others.
The case is U.S. v. Stevens,
References: Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.http://www.aolnews.com/nation/article/court-voids-law-aimed-at-anim...
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