The new bill amends the Crush Actto give it a much narrower focus, but would still prohibit selling or offering to sell any depictions of animals being crushed, drowned, impaled or burned where such acts are illegal.
H.R.5092 : To amend section 48 (relating to depiction of animal cruelty) of title 18, United States Code, and for other purposes. Sponsor:Rep Gallegly, Elton [CA-24] (introduced 4/21/2010) Committees: House Judiciary Latest Major Action: 4/21/2010 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary. The United States vs. Stevens (SCOTUSblog)
The Honorable Elton Gallegly United States House of Representatives 2309 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515-0524 DC Phone:202-225-5811DC Fax:202-225-1100 Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org Homepage:http://www.house.gov/gallegly/
Crush videos (also called "squish" videos) generally depict a woman's feet as they crush to death small animals such as rodents and kittens. The Crush Act was intended to stop the creation and sale of these horrific videos depicting live animals being intentionally maimed, mutilated, tortured, wounded or killed.
The day after the Supreme Court's ruling, Representative Gallegly (R-CA) introduced H.R. 5092, a new bill designed to overcome the Supreme Court's decision to strike down the Crush Act. The new bill amends the Crush Act to give it a much narrower focus, but would still prohibit selling or offering to sell any depictions of animals being crushed, drowned, impaled or burned where such acts are illegal.
It is critical that Congress remedy the shortcomings of the Crush Act as soon as possible in order to ensure that the crush video industry is not revitalized. Therefore, we the undersigned pledge our support for the amendment of H.R. 5092 relating to depiction of animal cruelty. We thank you for your time and attention to this matter.
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