U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley
(D-Ore.) is one step closer to seeing his Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act of 2010 enacted into law.
The measure—introduced by Merkley, along with Sens. Jon Kyl
(R-AZ) and Richard Burr
(R-NC)—passed the Senate unanimously Friday and is now headed to President Obama for his consideration.
Their bill bans the creation and distribution of animal torture videos that show the intentional crushing, burning, drowning, or other torturing of small live animals for viewing pleasure. So-called "crush videos"
often involve scantily-clad dominatrix women using stiletto heels to inflict torment on animals, and are sold as sexual fetish videos
“These crush videos are deplorable depictions of the torture and killing of animals and have no place in American society,” Merkley said in a press release. “I'm proud that we were able to send a bill to the president that successfully protects both animals and free speech.”
The Humane Society of the United States applauded
Merkley's popular bill, which would carry a potential sentence of up to seven years in prison for violators.