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Supreme Court vs. The Animal Kingdom- Why the Supreme Court struck down anti-animal cruelty laws

In Uncategorized on May 27, 2010 at 11:08 pm

What do "crush" videos and Freedom of Speech have in common? A Supreme Court case.

Almost a month ago, I read a headline in the Washington Post about the US Supreme Court striking down a ban on animal cruelty on video. While I didn’t think much of it then,  the controversy the erupted around the passage of this ruling forced me to reconsider this situation and try to understand it better. This blog is mostly about the recent case United States vs. Stevens, and what the implications of this ruling could be on our society and First Amendment freedoms.

Let’s start with some background on this case. First off, WHAT was being depicted in these videos? According to The Washington Post,

They appeal to a certain sexual fetish by depicting the torture of animals — cats, dogs, monkeys, mice and hamsters, according to Congress — or showing them being crushed to death by women wearing stiletto heels or with their bare feet.

Now, although I’ve never watched a “crush video” myself (I didn’t have the guts to watch one after I heard initial loud mews), it’s not hard to see that they are extremely violent, and use animals for the simple instant gratification of other humans.The Animal Law Coalition reports that “The films, photos and other depictions that are banned under this law show a living animal that is “intentionally maimed, mutilated, tortured, wounded, or killed“. I’m all for humane slaughter, but THIS form of cruelty, by definition, is INHUMANE. This is why I was surprised that the Court was actually DEFENDING such forms of inhumane slaughter. Read the rest of this entry »