September 7th, 2010 5:33 pm | by JAMES PITKIN News | Posted In: CLEAN UP

Watch the Video: Merkley on Banning Sale of Animal-Torture "Crush" Films

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) has announced he'll soon introduce bipartisan legislation to ban the sale of so-called "crush" videos showing small animals being tortured and killed by humans.

Congress banned the sale of such videos in 1999, but the U.S. Supreme Court struck down that law in April, saying it was overly broad and impinged on free speech. Since then, the videos have been surfacing again on the internet, according to Merkley's office.

"The new Merkley legislation will be narrowly crafted to address only the sale and distribution of animal cruelty videos and related media in interstate commerce, and not legitimate free speech protected under the First Amendment," according to Merkley's statement.

This isn't the first time Merkley, who won election in 2008, has sought to raise public awareness of an otherwise obscure issue. Recall his concern last year about Oregon as a test market for candy tobacco. Merkley helped push through legislation last year that made tobacco products subject to approval by the Food & Drug Administration.

Check out this TV news report about his new crush-video campaign.

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