02 April 2014

As the founder of an animal rights organization you would think that
nothing would surprise me, but last year a disgusting cruelty was brought
to my attention called “Crush Videos.” Crush videos are one of the sickest
atrocities to happen to animals and its all for human pleasure. The
description of these videos is sure to shock anyone with a drop of
humanity or even half of a heart. A woman is heard talking like a
dominatrix to a tiny kitten, puppy, hamster, rat, guinea pig, bird or even
a monkey and rather than whipping, chaining, burning, and hurting a man,
she burns the animals with cigarettes, near drowns them, lights them on
fire, drives nails through their tiny bodies and then places them on the
floor.



While the twisted minds that are watching are about to hit their
sexual peak, the woman crushes the animal with her stiletto high heel and
in some cases her bare feet. This fetish should not only be deeply
disturbing to animal rights activist, but to you as well. Your next door
neighbor could be enjoying these twisted videos or even making them and
then giving you and your children a friendly, “Hello”.



As I researched more about this issue I found there are many other forms
of fetish videos that I perceive as a possible beginning to this kind of
torture. My research unearthed videos that are not your normal foot fetish
with the stomping of food and other harmless objects, but instead what I
found was women in child like clothing and child like shoes crushing doll
babies and toy stuffed animals. Could this be the start of a mental
process that leads to animal crush videos? What happens when boredom sets
in and live animal crushing is no longer a thrill? What will be the next
life these individuals feel the need to end by crushing. My fear is that
they will turn their sick sexual thrill of torturing and killing animals
to children. Could they crush a human baby? With stories of babies cooked
in microwaves and infants left to die in dumpsters or on the side of the
road, this form of torture doesn't seem so far fetched. So, in theory this
could very well lead to even more mutilating and killing of children for
sexual pleasure?



Sadly, our supreme court does not see this as that big of an issue. They
feel that the sales of hunting and bullfighting videos will be affected
and banned as well. If that means our kids and pets are safe then
shouldn't we not care about banning so called educational animal torture
videos? Our government caters far too much to the revenue hunters bring
in and it’s not fair that innocent children and voiceless animals must
suffer for the bulging pockets of the government, the NRA and The Safari
Club International. In 1999 Bill Clinton signed and passed legislation
banning the making and distributing of these videos and with that law
they nearly disappeared. Last year, with the dog fighting video
controversy and trial of US verses Stevens the ban was lifted and these
videos rapidly became an internet selling commodity for the sexual freaks
in our communities. In 1999 it was estimated that there were about 1000
videos, shortly after the ban lift in October 2009, there was an
estimated 2000 and growing and to make matters worse these videos are not
hard to get a hold of. In fact, as I searched the web with multiple
search engines and safe search on, I found four websites selling them;
one even had a free preview. I also found disturbing images of dead
kittens unrecognizable with crushed heads and a still shot of a woman in
stilettos crushing the body of kitten while stabbing it through the eye
with her high heel. Children with access to the internet could very
easily find these same images and videos. Good luck to the parents that
have to explain why “Fluffy” is bloody and his organs are oozing out of
every end.



On April 20, 2010 the Supreme Court failed its citizens and animals by
throwing out the ban on these kinds of videos once again due to the same
possibility that hunting, bullfighting and other deemed educational animal
cruelty videos would also be banned. The Supreme Court called the statue
“overbroad”. Though they did go on to state the importance of protecting
animals from cruelty and said, “The prohibition of animal cruelty itself
has a long history in American law, starting with the early settlement of
the Colonies.” The court is expected to uphold a narrower statue banning
the distribution of crush and animal cruelty videos. The Humane Society of
the United States and The Humane Legislative Fund are urging congress to
speedily give law enforcement what they need to crack down on the
distributors of crush videos by passing H.R. 5092 which is designed to
end, as stated in a release from The Humane Society of the United States,
“…intentional crushing, burning, drowning and impaling of puppies, kittens
and other animals for the depraved purpose of peddling videos of such
extreme acts of animal cruelty for the sexual titillation of viewers.”
But will it be too late? Right this second as you read these words, animal
abusers all over the country are making and selling videos that are
depicting what our government claims to be important to them, the crime of
cruelty against animals.



Some of the worries involved in the original legislation are that exposure
videos from animal rights groups could also be banned. But is there not a
significant difference between a humane officer or animal rights activist
exposing cruelty to stop it and a woman talking dirty to a kitten and
stomping its head in or hammering nails into its body? Is there not a
significant difference between the teachings of, though I very much
disagree with it, a rite of passage such as hunting and the crushing of a
dog’s throat after having been lit on fire? Yes there is! Our laws need to
change and the categorizing of videos showing cruelty needs to change as
well.



As I sit here typing I can’t help but wonder what despicable crime our
Supreme Court will allow next in the name of free speech. The Supreme
Court and the groups that fought against the ban such as the NRA and The
Safari Club International should feel nothing but shame for letting this
be lifted. When this sickest of crimes turns from animals to children or
when children are disturbed from images and videos of crushed animals they
call pets, the Supreme Court, and groups like the NRA, and The Safari Club
International only have themselves to blame. The tears and blood of
children are on their hands.



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