Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Our momma cried in happiness - H.R. 5566 HAS PASSED THE HOUSE!

Mimi's note: No cute photos. No funny words. An issue as important as this one stands on its own.

WASHINGTON — The House on Monday voted to ban so-called crush videos that depict the abuse and killing of animals.

The measure would revive, with some modifications, a 1999 law that was struck down by the Supreme Court last April on the grounds it was too broadly written and violated First Amendment free speech protections.

Congress has been trying since then to come up with a more narrowly crafted law, and the measure the House passed still differs slightly from a version approved by the Senate in September. It now goes back to the Senate.

"We need a law that stays on the books," House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, D-Mich., said in explaining the decision to tinker with the Senate language.

The bill was the first to be taken up in the lame-duck session of Congress that opened Monday.

The legislation, which the House originally passed in July, would make it a crime to sell or distribute videos that violate bans on animal cruelty by showing animals being burned, drowned, suffocated or impaled.

Such videos appeal to a sexual fetish by showing women, often barefoot or wearing high heels, stomping small animals to death.

Every state bans animal cruelty, but it has been difficult to apply those laws to crush videos because they often do not show faces, dates or locations. The legislation makes interstate sale of such videos a crime subject to fines and imprisonment.

Conyers said the House took out a Senate provision that made punishments for attempting or conspiring to make the videos equal to punishments for a completed product. He said that could cause constitutional issues.

Betsy Dribben, vice president for government relations at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, expressed frustration at the delay. "We're concerned about the animals being killed and we're also concerned about the social ramifications," she said, citing opinions that cruelty to animals can be a catalyst to violence against humans.

Rep. Elton Gallegly, R-Calif., a sponsor of the original bill in 1999, said in a previous statement that famed killers such as Ted Bundy and Ted Kaczynski tortured or killed animals before killing people.

The legislation makes exceptions for films depicting hunting, trapping and fishing.

The bill is H.R. 5566

National Canine Cancer Foundation


Sam said...

Great news. I'm also happy to see the ASPCA behind this bill rather than HSUS (who is a bit too extreme for my tastes).

Inigo Flufflebum and d'Artagnan Rumblepurr said...

Thank heavens. I'm sorry my friend but I couldn't read this post, it just gets me too upset to think that such things would exist and that people that do them would not suffer the same fate as the poor animals they abuse.

JackDaddy said...

Yes, this is good news indeed! Now if they will only do what's right and get it passed!

Ann Nichols said...

This is such good news! How horrible that there are such evil filled people out there that do such things... May God bless those who are changing the laws!

Priscilla said...

Thanks for letting us know about the good news!

Nobody needs that sort of heartless videos!

Angus said...

We're going to open the champagne and dance.

♥I am Holly♥ said...

That is the best of news!! Thanks for letting us know! Lots of love, Holly and mom

Samantha said...

That is just wonderful to read, Mimi! Thanks for sharing! Dancing around the house bareFOOT!!!
Sammie and Avalon

Anonymous said...

We only have one word: HALLELUJAH!

Wiggles & Wags,

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

We like Mayzie's word - great news, and now let's hope to hear it happening in more states.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Sagira said...

That is great news!

Ms. ~K said...

Thanks for sharing and spreading this good news!

Oskar said...

Thanks for sharing this great news with us. We just can't get over how truly sick some people are!

Nubbin wiggles,

The Luke said...

Justice. Will we ever be granted it in the quantity we deserve? Likely not... but let's celebrate all we are granted!

wif love from the Luke

Tweedles -- that's me said...

We are happy with you,, and we thank you for always standing up for what is right.
Thank you for letting us know....of this progress.
together- we stand together- right Mimi?

Teri and the cats of Furrydance said...

We are very behind in visiting but are so happy to hear this news!