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Crush film

Crush films are videos of animals being crushed by being stepped on.[1][2][3] The term hard crush refers to videos portraying the compaction death of larger animals (e.g. reptiles, birds, mammals), while the term soft crush refers to such videos involving smaller animals (usually invertebrates).

Legal status

The legality of crush films and the actual practice of crushing varies by region, however, many have been posted on web sites and are available for download via the Internet, making the control of their distribution difficult.

There are currently no known laws forbidding the crushing of live invertebrates, although the production or trade of crush erotica involving vertebrates is condemned by opponents of animal cruelty and is illegal in many countries including the United States.[4]

United States

In 1999, the United States Congress enacted a statute affecting the legality of crush films which criminalized the creation, sale, and possession of depictions of animal cruelty, though with an exception for "any depiction that has serious religious, political, scientific, educational, journalistic, historical, or artistic value."[5] In 2008, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit invalidated the ban on the sale and possession of such films (if not otherwise obscene) as a violation of the Constitution's guarantee for freedom of speech.[6] The United States Supreme Court affirmed the Third Circuit's decision in United States v. Stevens, finding the law unconstitutional because the law was so broad and vague that it included any portrayal of an animal in or being harmed such as by hunting or disease.[7] As of November 28, 2010, bill H.R. 5566, which prohibits interstate commerce in animal crush films, has been passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate, and as of December 9th, the bill has been signed by President Obama.[8]

See also


External links

Film portal
  • US Supreme Court to hear cruelty video case
  • News article on Crush Film Ban
  • Reference to Insects as Sexual Fetish Objects
  • Darwin Award
  • Lex Appeal: Animal Cruelty, "Crush Videos" and the First Amendment
  • Court Voids Law Aimed at Animal Cruelty Videos
  • Prohibiting Obscene Animal Crush Videos in the Wake of United States v. Stevens: Hearing before the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, Second Session, September 15, 2010
  • United States v. Stevens: The Supreme Court's Decision Invalidating the Crush Video Statute: Hearing before the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security of the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, Second Session, May 26, 2010
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