Your Help is Needed Now – Stop Animal Crush Videos

Animal Legal Defense Fund
Action Alert!

Dear Val,

Your help is needed in the U.S. House of Representatives!

In late September, we asked for your help in getting the U.S. Senate to act on anti-crush legislation, previously passed the U.S House of Representatives — and they did! Now, due to some changes made to the bill by the Senate, the legislation needs one more vote in the House before it’s sent to the President to be signed into law. Help get this law passed — contact your Representative today in support of H.R. 5566.

Go to: http://www.aldf.org/StopCrushVideos

As you may recall, earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court in an 8-1 (in U.S. v. Stevens) decision struck down a 1999 law that prohibited the interstate commerce of animal crush videos (depictions of small animals being crushed to death by humans for sexual fetish purposes) and other depictions of animal cruelty. The court found the law was overly broad and therefore an unconstitutional violation of free speech.

In the wake of the Supreme Court decision, there has been a resurgence of these loathsome videos – videos which had all but disappeared from the marketplace following the 1999 law.

A new law targeting the market for these gruesome depictions would give law enforcement a much-needed tool for stemming the proliferation of these videos.

In July, the House, in response to the Supreme Court’s decision, drafted a more narrowly tailored bill aimed at prohibiting crush videos, while attempting not to run afoul of the Constitution. The bill, H.R. 5566, passed with almost unanimous support. The Senate followed suit in September, voting unanimously on a substitute amendment to H.R. 5566.

It’s time for the House to act one final time to help stop this extreme form of animal torture. Please contact your Representative today through ALDF’s website and ask him or her to support passage of H.R. 5566.

Go to: http://www.aldf.org/StopCrushVideos

Thank you for supporting this important legislation and speaking out against animal cruelty!

For the animals,

Stephen Wells
ALDF Executive Director
Animal Legal Defense Fund

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Animal Legal Defense Fund
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