The Humane Society of the United States lauded President Obama for signing into law H.R. 5566, the Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act of 2010. The statute immediately bans the creation and distribution of obscene animal torture videos that show the intentional crushing, burning, drowning, suffocating and impaling of puppies, kittens and other live animals for the titillation of viewers. Championed by Reps. Elton Gallegly, R-Calif., and Gary Peters, D-Mich., and Sens. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Richard Burr, R-N.C., the legislation had overwhelming bipartisan support in both chambers of Congress.
“The Humane Society of the United States commends President Obama for signing this bill into law and bringing an end to some of the most gruesome cruelty any of us have ever witnessed,” said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS. “When federal courts struck down the 1999 animal cruelty depictions law, we saw a resurgence of animal crush videos. Congress swiftly passed more narrowly-tailored legislation to crack down on this horrific trade while addressing the courts’ concerns. We are thankful that countless animals will now be spared from intentional torture for sick entertainment and profit.”
Along with praising President Obama and the champions of the legislation – Reps. Gallegly and Peters and Sens. Kyl, Merkley, and Burr – The HSUS extends its deep thanks to House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, D-Mich., Ranking Member Lamar Smith, R-Texas, and Subcommittee Chairman Bobby Scott, D-Va., and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Ranking Member Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. They recognized the seriousness of the problem and worked hard to address it quickly and effectively. The HSUS also thanks Reps. Jim Moran, D-Va., Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., and Ted Poe, R-Texas, and Sens. Harry Reid, D-Nev., and David Vitter, R-La., for their great help on the issue, along with all the members who cosponsored and voted for this important legislation.