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Animal Cruelty Videos Protected by Court…

April 23, 2010

– – I wish I could report otherwise,  but the Supreme Court has struck down a federal law designed to stop the sale and marketing of videos showing dogfights and other often graphic acts of cruelty to animals, saying that it the law was too broad and is an unconstitutional violation of free speech.   The court’s ruling here was largely as anticipated.

The 8-1 decision was a defeat for animal rights groups and congressional sponsors of the original legislation, which was intended to stop the legal sale of “crush” videos and videos depicting pit bulls attacking other animals and one another in staged confrontations. Only Justice Alito dissented in the case,  predicting that “crush” videos will soon flood the underground market and saying that the harm animals suffer in dogfights is enough to sustain the law…at least we have one furry spirit on the Supreme Court!

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