President Signs Burr’s “Crush Video” Bill Into Law

Washington, D.C. - Today, at a ceremony at the White House, President Obama signed the Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act of 2010, into law. The bill, which was introduced by Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) along with Senators Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR), will criminalize the creation, sale, distribution, advertising, marketing, and exchange of animal crush videos.

"Animal crush videos far surpass what most people would think of when they hear the phrase 'animal cruelty' - they are shockingly gruesome, unbelievably cruel, and disturbingly perverse," Senator Burr said. "All 50 states and the District of Columbia already have laws prohibiting animal cruelty, but ever since the April 2010 Supreme Court Decision, those who have committed these acts have been able to tape their illicit conduct and sell and exchange the footage online."

In the Supreme Court case U.S. v. Stevens, the Court struck down a previous law regarding crush videos on the grounds that it was overbroad.

"Our law was carefully crafted to address the Supreme Court's First Amendment concerns, and to stop this abhorrent practice," Senator Burr explained.

Animal crush videos are violent, obscene depictions of animal cruelty - often involving young women torturing small animals to death. The bill passed unanimously through the Senate.