If you've never heard of animal "crush" videos, you're lucky. They're sick, cruel, and depraved. Yet people watch them -- legally.
"Crush" films are videos of people stepping on animals -- usually larger and arguably more pain-susceptible animals -- until they crush them to death.
Again, we're not card-carrying members of PETA, or anything, but this is just sick.
You might think it would just be implied that such videos would be illegal in a moral society -- like kiddy-porn, for example -- but they're not.
Enter Arizona Senator Jon Kyl.
Kyl is leading the charge to make "crush" videos illegal.
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"This is an issue that the Congress wants to deal with as quickly as we can," Kyl said this morning, during a hearing on the issue. The Senate is working with the House to "craft a ban that prohibits this extreme animal cruelty" that will survive judicial scrutiny, he said.
"Crush" videos made headlines earlier this year when the Supreme Court overturned a prohibition on them. The court felt the ban was too broad because it included a ban on things like hunting videos.
The ruling, however, left the door open for Congress to craft a new, more-narrow law banning "crush" videos, which Kyl wants to create.
We'll applaud Kyl's initiative in putting an end to this sort of thing, but the fact remains: if you get off on watching animals stomped to death, you've probably got issues that go beyond the realm of animal cruelty.