Supreme Court Refuses To Ban Videos Depicting Violence Against Animals
April 20, 2010
The bill was originally directed against ‘Crushing Videos’; fetishistic material for people who enjoy the thought of being crushed to death, or seeing others crushed to death. This is often depicted by small animals or insects being crushed on film by a woman in bare feet or high heels.
But it would have covered a wide array of protective policies for making videos made to show animals in pain illegal.
The ruling voted 8-1 against the law, saying that it would be a slippery-slope for freedom of speech.
Justice Samuel Alto was the only judge to vote for it, saying that the law would help to better protect animal rights.