Again, this is one area – thankfully – where both sides came to agreement. Creating and then selling videos depicting acts of terrible cruelty to animals is simply sick and horrible.
President Obama signed the bill into law earlier today.
I looked up the House vote total and found one site reporting it was 416 to 3 in favor. To the three House members who voted ‘nay’ – just quit now and go home. Reportedly, the Senate vote was unanimous.
“By cracking down on the creation and distribution of crush videos, this bipartisan law effectively protects both animals and free speech,” said Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon, one of the co-sponsors of the bill.
Sens. Jon Kyl, R-Arizona, and Richard Burr, R-North Carolina, also helped draft the legislation.
CNN also noted the 8-1 ruling by the Supreme Court, striking down the broader law banning videos containing animal cruelty.
But the lone dissenter, Justice Samuel Alito focused his attention on crush videos. “The animals used in crush videos are living creatures that experience excruciating pain. Our society has long banned such cruelty,” he said. The courts, he said, have “erred in second-guessing the legislative judgment about the importance of preventing cruelty to animals.”
I wholeheartedly agree with Alito on this one.