Why Ban Crush Videos?
Senator Jon Kyl introduced this week legislation that would prohibit the production of movies showing cruelty to animals:
“S. 3841. A bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit the creation, sale, distribution, advertising, marketing, and exchange of animal crush videos that depict obscene acts of animal cruelty, and for other purposes; to the Committee on the Judiciary.”
I’ve never seen any, but animal crush videos sound like a hideous form of entertainment. That said, what will be accomplished by this proposed legislation?
There are already laws against animal cruelty. Isn’t it animal cruelty itself, and not videos of animal cruelty, that are the problem?
Doesn’t the First Amendment, with its freedom of the press, make Senator Kyl’s bill unconstitutional?