Congress stamps out animal-snuff videos
By David S. Jackson/Los Angeles
August 30, 1999
Web posted at: 12:00 p.m. EDT (1600 GMT)
It's not just the rich and powerful who have advocates in
Congress. So do the small and wiggly, including mice, frogs,
lizards, fish and hamsters. And they need them, with products
like "crush" videos showing up on the Internet. The videos,
which sell for up to $100, show small animals being stomped to
death, usually by women wearing high-heeled shoes and boots.
Although there are laws against animal cruelty, prosecutors have
had trouble winning cases because most of the films don't show
the stompers' faces. They also have to prove that the films were
made within a three-year statute of limitations.
But their job may soon be easier if Congress passes a bill
proposed by U.S. Representative ELTON GALLEGLY, a California
Republican known for his animal-rights legislation. The bill,
which has 32 co-sponsors, ranging from conservative Republicans
to liberal Democrats, would prohibit any profit-making from the
films and subject violators to prison terms of up to five years.
"This is something so horrible and despicable that it has to
end," Gallegly said of films such as Vicious in Las Vegas and
Mistress Di: Princess of Death. One site, perhaps anticipating a
crackdown, has already moved on to a new fetish: a woman sitting
on a Sony Walkman and a toy car.
--By David S. Jackson/Los
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