I'm a bit sad by the SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the United States) decision today. The ruled to strike down a law that had banned videos depicting animal cruelty. The decision was made because the court felt that the law could be interpreted too broadly, or rather broadly enough to impede first amendment rights of free speech and expression. The law was enacted in 1999 to limit Internet sales of so-called crush videos. These videos are disgusting. They appeal to a sick sexual fetish of deranged people by showing women crushing to death small animals, usually kittens, with their high-heeled shoes.
Most states have laws against animal cruelty, but the federal statute targeted the videos because it has been difficult to prosecute people who take part in violence against animals with a camera rolling, but not showing their faces.
The one dissenter, Justice Alito, wrote, “The First Amendment protects freedom of speech, but it most certainly does not protect violent criminal conduct, even if engaged in for expressive purposes."
The court encouraged Congress to pass a law that can be less broadly interpreted and representatives have said they are ready to propose new legislation as early as week from now. I really hope that they do. People who participate in animal cruelty are some of the lowest scum on Earth. Why it isn't a felony in all 50 states is beyond me. If you are a resident of Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Mississippi, or the Dakotas then your state does not make animal cruelty a felony. Many of these states don't have jail time or fines or even counseling for those found abusing animals. If you are a resident of one of these states and want to do something about this, then you need to write your representatives in Congress. I will even find their addresses for you if you'd like. Lets protect our sweet animal pals.