U.S. Supreme Court: Video of dog fights legal - WDRB 41 Louisville News

U.S. Supreme Court: Video of dog fights legal


Fox 41 News has learned that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that videos of animal cruelty -- including pit bull fight videos -- are legal.

According to the Associated Press, the Court struck down a Federal law that prohibited such videos. The Court argued that the law was a violation of free speech.

The decision centered around the conviction of Robert Stevens of Virginia, who was sentenced to three years in prison for videos he made about pit bull fights. The Supreme Court today voted 8-1 to throw out Stevens' conviction.

The law was enacted in 1999 to limit Internet sales of so-called "crush" videos, which cater to a particular sexual fetish by depicting women crushing to death small animals with their bare feet or high-heeled shoes, according to the Associated Press.

The videos virtually disappeared once the measure became law, the government argued.

But Chief Justice John Roberts said the current law goes too far, arguing that a law specifically targeted against crush videos might be more appropriate.

Animal cruelty and dog fighting are already illegal throughout the U.S.

Justice Samuel Alito dissented, arguing that the harm animals suffer in dogfights is reason enough to keep the law in place.

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