MANILA, Philippines—A new “crush video” is making the rounds on social media showing three girls in shorts stepping on a wailing puppy until it died.
The barefoot women, whose faces were shown on the video, are allegedly Filipinas.
It caught the attention of the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), which has launched a search for the women and other people involved in the production of the video.
“If someone can actually give us the names and addresses of the people in the video, we can file the case immediately,” the animal welfare group said, adding it has forwarded the video to the Bureau of Animal Industry-Animal Welfare Division.
“Crush videos” are sexual fetish films in which small animals are maimed or killed through extreme brutality. Cruelty to animals is punishable under Republic Act 8485 or the Animal Welfare Act of 1998.
“Crush videos” first surfaced in the Philippines in 2011 as scantily clad girls crushing to death small animals were sold as fetish films online.
A couple in Bacnotan, La Union was caught that year for hiring girls aged 12 to 18, who tortured and killed animals in crush films sold for P100 to P1,000 per video.
Friday, July 30, 2010
Last week, the House of Representatives passed legislation (HR 5566) to make the selling of “crush videos,” which show kittens and puppies being crushed, burned, suffocated, or impaled, a federal crime. For those who have never heard of these types of videos, crush videos show women crushing small animals to death with their bare feet or wearing high heels that supposedly appeal to a sexual fetish.
The Supreme Court ruled earlier this year that the old law banning such videos was “overbroad” and violated free speech protections. The new measure, sponsored by Representatives Elton Gallegly (R-CA) and Gary Peters (D-MI) along with 263 cosponsors, passed 416 to 3, and is now headed to the Senate for expected approval. The statute will ban interstate and foreign commerce in obscene videos showing the intentional crushing, burning, drowning, suffocating, and impaling of puppies, kittens, and other live animals. According to an article in the L.A. Times, the three lawmakers who voted against the measure were Representatives Paul Broun (R-GA), Tom Graves (R-GA), and Ron Paul (R-TX).
In 1999, Congress passed a law to curtail the growing market for crush videos, which at the time were selling for $300 a piece. Unfortunately, the market re-emerged recently when an appeals court decision overturned the conviction of Robert Stevens, the first person tried and convicted under the 1999 law. It was argued that the 1999 law was too broad and might affect other constitutionally protected speech, related to animals such as hunting videos. According to the bill’s sponsors, this new bill seeks to address the court’s concerns by having a law that is more narrowly drafted to meet constitutional standards. Exceptions are made for normal animal husbandry films or films depicting hunting, trapping, and fishing.
“Violence is not a First Amendment issue; it is a law enforcement issue,” Representative Gallegly said in a statement. “Ted Bundy and Ted Kaczynski tortured or killed animals before killing people. The FBI, U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Department of Justice consider animal cruelty to be one of the early warning signs of potential violence by youths. This bill is one step toward ending this cycle of violence.”
“These videos have no redeeming value and clearly fall outside the realm of protected speech,” said Representative James P. Moran (D-VA) another bill sponsor. “Not only are they viciously inhumane to the animals involved, but they also teach behavior that can lead to other violent crimes against animals and humans.”
The Humane Society of the United States recently conducted extensive Internet research and undercovered email communication to ascertain the availability of small animal crush videos for sale on the Internet. The videos were easily available for purchase and horrifying in the cruelty inflicted on the victims. The password-protected part of one Web site had 118 videos for sale. The videos were of small animals, including rabbits, hamsters, mice, tortoises, quail, chicken, ducks, frogs, snakes, and even cats, being tortured and crushed. The animals were burned, drowned, and had nails hammered into them. “By enacting HR 5566, Congress can provide a top kill to a merciless subculture of animal crushing videos that have bubbled up in the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling on the subject in April,” said Wayne Pacelle, president & CEO of the Humane Society of the United States. “This legislation is narrowly tailored to address the court’s concerns, and the current legislation does not limit speech, but only conduct of the most abhorrent and vile kind.”
All 50 states have laws against animal cruelty, but states have found it difficult to prosecute crush videos because they usually don’t show faces, dates, or locations. The new legislation makes the interstate sale of such videos a crime subject to fines and imprisonment of up to five years. The measure must still be considered by the Senate. If you feel as strongly as I do about putting an end to these horrendous crush videos, please contact your senators to vote favor of HR 5566. For more information on contacting your state Senators.
NORMALLY I WOULD POST A LINK TO THE SOURCE AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE, BUT THE SOURCE CONTAINS GORE AND EXTREME ANIMAL CRUELTY, SO FUCK THAT SHIT. Be glad to post the personal information of the three bitches responsible when I get my hands on it, though.