Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act of 2010

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The Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act of 2010, Pub.L. 111–294, 124 Stat. 3177, enacted December 9, 2010, was a law that addressed the banning of depictions of cruelty to animals to satisfy a crush fetish.[1] The bill, H.R. 5566, was introduced by Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-CA),[2] and primarily modifies 18 U.S.C. § 48.

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The act revises a previous law, Pub.L. 106–152, that was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in United States v. Stevens. The previous law, Pub.L. 106–152, enacted on December 9, 1999, aimed at banning the publication, sale, and ownership of so-called "crush videos", which are films that feature a person or another animal crushing or trampling another smaller animal to death.[3][4] In 2010, the Supreme Court ruled that the law was too vague and broad in United States v. Stevens, and, in an 8-1 decision, it nullified the 1999 law.[5]

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