|Purred: Thu Feb 17, '11 9:17am PST |
|Harvard-the act of animal cruelty itself depicted in the films was always illegal, has been since we've had animal cruelty laws. then the 1999 law was passed to SPECIFICALLY penalize the filming, distribution and sale of the...acts...in an effort to make it more costly to produce them than it was worth. (is it worth a jail sentence? probably not, to most people...especially since i have hopes that this is not a COMMON perversion.) then, as Ben said, the 1999 law was struck down as being too broad in scope and thus unconstitutional by SCOTUS...and though close proximity to "those other guys" probably made everyone in Congress break out in hives, they went into blitz bipartisan mode and got this done.
NO ONE who isn't sick in the head, heart and soul wants those videos out there or wants the message sent that they're remotely okay. that's why even though i'm an obama kitty myself (and also hail from the Deep South, though i now live in michigan) this is neither here nor there when it comes to squaring your politics with your love of animals. this particular issue seems to have-and quite rightly so-transcended politics.
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