Animal Cruelty Laws & Strange Partners in Crime

by Mary Haight on August 4, 2009

Washington DC: United States Supreme Court
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This summer has flown by and in a few weeks the Supreme Court will be back in session. And for the first time in years, animal protection will be on the docket. The commercial use and distribution of dogfighting videos, along with other heinous acts of filmed cruelty, are the focus in the challenge to the 1999 Federal law banning interstate trafficking of depictions of illegal (and unbelievably revolting) acts of cruelty to animals.

For some inexplicable reason, a few groups have joined forces working with dogfighters, pornographers and other sub-cultures, who depict animal torture and death for profit, to overturn the ban on their “right to free speech.” The NRA, the Safari Club International, and the Outdoor Writers Association of America (HUH??) are working with the irredeemable, evidently buying into a pitch about how this anti-cruelty statute will somehow infringe on legal hunting activities and the recording of lawful pursuits—none of which is true. Where do these organizations draw the line? Is there a line for them…anywhere?

Hunters need to get a grip, and quit aligning with these miscreants in the lunatic fringe—how else would you describe those who think they have a First Amendment right to murder animals for someone’s sick viewing pleasure? The NRA needs to get out of the cesspool of society that supports puppy mills and all manner of animal cruelty and torture. Twenty-six States Attorneys General*, many from big hunting States, have asked the Court to uphold the law to protect animals and also communities which would be threatened by the laundry list of criminal pursuits that follow this sub-culture.

You can read more at Michael Markarian’s blog

* Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia.

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