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 United States 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.


The act revised the version of 18 U.S.C. § 48 which had entered into effect on December 9, 1999 was an unconstitutional abridgment of the First Amendment right to freedom of speech by the Supreme Court. The previous law, placed into effect by 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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  1. ^ Mears, Bill (December 10, 2010). "Obama signs law banning 'crush videos' depicting animal cruelty". CNN News.
  2. ^ Simon, Richard (April 21, 2010). "Local congressman introduces new bill to stop the sale of animal cruelty videos". Los Angeles Times.
  3. ^ About Crush « STOPCRUSH.ORG
  4. ^ Stopping Crush Videos, Pet-Abuse.Com.
  5. ^ Adam Liptak, Justices Reject Ban on Videos of Animal Cruelty, April 20, 2010 The New York Times.