Make Sale of Crush Videos Illegal Again!

  • by: ASPCA
  • recipient: Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-CA) and more than 195 others
On April 20, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in U.S. v. Stevens that the "Crush Act," a 1999 federal law banning the creation, sale and possession of materials depicting genuine acts of animal cruelty, is unconstitutional and overbroad in its scope.

"Crush" fetish 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 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 actions are illegal.

Please contact your U.S. representative today, urging him or her to support and co-sponsor H.R. 5092 to amend the Crush Act (if he/she has not already done so).
Dear [Decision Maker],

On April 20, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in U.S. v. Stevens that the "Crush Act," a 1999 federal law banning the creation, sale and possession of materials depicting genuine acts of animal cruelty where such acts are illegal, is unconstitutional and overbroad in its scope.

"Crush" fetish 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, I respectfully urge you to support and co-sponsor H.R. 5092 if you have not already done so.

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, I respectfully urge you to support and co-sponsor H.R. 5092 if you have not already done so.

Thank you for your time and consideration.
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