Paul Broun, Tom Graves oppose bill to ban ‘crush videos’ of animals

On Wednesday, the U.S. House passed a measure that would again make it a federal crime to sell “crush videos” depicting animal cruelty – three months after the Supreme Court struck down an earlier version as overly broad.

The description from CBS:

Crush videos appeal to a sexual fetish by showing women crushing to death small animals with their bare feet or wearing high heels.


From the Los Angeles Times:

The high court in April overturned the conviction of a Virginia man prosecuted under the 1999 law for selling dog-fighting videos. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. said the law was too broad and could allow prosecutions for selling hunting videos.

This bill is narrowly drafted to prohibit the sale or distribution of only obscene visual depictions of animal cruelty, according to a House Judiciary Committee report.

The Prevention of Interstate Commerce in Animal Crush Videos Act excludes the sale or distribution of depictions of hunting, trapping, fishing or “customary and normal veterinary or agricultural husbandry practices.”

A pair of Georgia congressmen – Paul Broun of Athens and Tom Graves of Ranger – provided two of three votes against the measure. U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas was the third.

We haven’t heard from Broun or Graves on the issue, but given the philosophies of all three, we’ll assume they would argue that the federal government has no business getting involved. The American Civil Liberties Union also opposed the measure.

All other Georgia members, Democrat and Republican, voted in favor.

On Tuesday, Graves was sentenced to yet another round of campaigning to secure his 9th District seat, receiving 49.5 percent of the vote – according to uncertified returns. Republican rival Lee Hawkins of Gainesville still has a thin thread of hope.

Broun will face Democrat Russell Edwards of Athens in November.

We suggest a new campaign slogan to both insurgents: “For the kittens.”

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23 comments Add your comment

Elliot Garcia

July 22nd, 2010
2:16 pm

I wish Lee Hawkins would just go away! In his commercials, he says he already has a job….then go do it!


July 22nd, 2010
2:26 pm

I am an animal lover but this bill is just another example of abusing the power of the federal government at an unspecified cost. Why wouldn’t this be a local or state animal cruelty violation? Is the federal government sticking their nose in the name of “obscenity” only? At what cost to enforce. People with child-like views of the world who see “kitten” good and “crushing” bad will of course mindlessly support legislation that may be ineffective, unaffordable, unnecessary, and misplaced.


July 22nd, 2010
2:30 pm

County enforcement and ASPCA guidelines for counties should be sufficient. Why enlarge the already burgeoning Federal forces? Keep it local. I agree with the three voters in the negative on this matter. Keep it local. What a waste of Congressional time and effort.

Brent Hoffman

July 22nd, 2010
2:44 pm

You must have never met Lee. Very honorable man!


July 22nd, 2010
2:46 pm

I have no problem with the banning of the types of videos mentioned in this article.

If you want to see some animal cruelty, go visit your local factory farm.

Thomas Wheatley

July 22nd, 2010
2:48 pm

Not fair, what with the cute, cuddly widdle kitten photo, Jim.


July 22nd, 2010
2:51 pm

Only Republican voters could post comments in support of this kind of evil. You PIGS probably call yourself “Christians”. What kind of Christian supports the crushing of animals for the perverted “sexual” enjoyment of some sick in the soul human? You people will say anything, thoughtlessly, just to further an agenda. You are dumb sheep. When the water runs out, I hope you are the first to die of thirst.


July 22nd, 2010
2:53 pm

Wow I see you folks are really on the hot button issues of Georgia already. Education in the tubes, economy under the tubes, no jobs in this state, Florida and Alabama hijacking our water, DOT misspent transportation funds, Sonny spending the travel monies on vacations to supposedly to drum up business and now some other morons getting on the stick to oppose a bill that bans crush videos. Yes Georgia appears to be headed in the right direction for the next election.


July 22nd, 2010
3:06 pm

Can you imagine the type of person whose fetish is to see a woman crush a kitten? I mean, that is seriously effed up right there.

Athens Voter

July 22nd, 2010
3:53 pm

Paul Broun is a sorry excuse for a congressman….I ‘m sorry… a human being.

Georgia Brown

July 22nd, 2010
4:02 pm

The reason there needs to be federal legislation and not just state legislation banning these videos is because these videos are often sold interstate over the web. The states don’t have the resources to combat this crime and some states animal cruelty laws don’t give them the state jurisdiction over this act unless it can be proven that the actual act of making the crush video took place in their state.

Legend of Len Barker

July 22nd, 2010
4:15 pm

“The Prevention of Interstate Commerce in Animal Crush Videos Act excludes the sale or distribution of depictions of hunting, trapping, fishing or “customary and normal veterinary or agricultural husbandry practices.””

I support what they’re trying to do, but that’s still way too broad as it’s nearly impossible to define customary and normal veterinary or agricultural husbandry practices.

I have an idea of what that is. You have an idea of what this is. But our ideas may be completely different and you can’t apply common sense to what’s considered normal and standard and then to draw a line between what isn’t.

The ‘crush’ part of it, yeah, we probably can specifically detail what that is. But as long as it has the broad language of what it excludes, I don’t think it’ll pass.

You Asked

July 22nd, 2010
4:35 pm

Is the person in the picture holding the kitten wearing a Michael Vick jersey?


July 22nd, 2010
4:40 pm

Another reason why Paul Broun is an embarrassment to the voters of his district.

Keep doing this GOP

July 22nd, 2010
5:03 pm

Please, for God’s sake, vote for Russell Edwards in November. Let’s get this clown out of the House.

Jon Lester

July 22nd, 2010
5:14 pm

Russell Edwards may be young and still in law school, but at least he won’t prescribe himself psychoactive drugs while doing the people’s business. That’s the only plausible speculative reason I can come up with for why Dr. Broun’s faculties have deteriorated so rapidly since the special election of 2007, when Jim Whitehead made him seem so reasonable by contrast.


July 23rd, 2010
6:34 am

The only crimes over which the States delegated jurisdiction to the federal government via the Constitution are:
1) counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States;
2) Piracy;
3) felonies committed on the high Seas;
4) Offenses against the Law of Nations; and
5) treason.

Every Congressman who voted to criminalize an act not authorized in the Constitution, no matter how heinous that act, not only violated their oath to God to uphold the Constitution but also committed treason and should be punished as traitors.


July 24th, 2010
11:44 pm


July 26th, 2010
12:14 pm

PunishTheTraitors — now, there’s a voice of reason. And, by God, let’s do a complete review of the U.S. Constitutioon as written by our Sainted Forefathers and strike anything from it that wasn’t part fo the original document as adopted in 1789. Let’s do away with all that Pinko, Commie language about abolishing slavery, or giving the vote to women. And what about all that defense money that’s spent for the Air Force? There’s nothing in the U.S. Constitution as originally passed that says anyhting about us having an Air Force. Whatever would our Sainted, Founding Forefathers think about what’s happened to the document they drafted to help direct this country into a future even they weren’t able to predict. Yeah!! Let’s make them proud and strike all the vile language that’s been added to it over the course of the last 220 years. We just need to listen to people like PunishTheTraitors, and find out who all these traitors are and just summarily execute them on the courthouse steps.


July 26th, 2010
3:05 pm

The libertarians have finally picked the perfect issue on which to make their small government/federalist stand: the painful killing of cute animals for sexually deviant pleasure.


July 27th, 2010
2:33 pm

The reason this cannot be enforced at the local level is that it is often difficult to identify where the video is being shot, plus this makes the sale of the videos illegal. Save the kittens, fire Graves.


July 28th, 2010
7:16 pm

please, if you don’t know what the crush videos are about, or what to do to get them banned in the US, visit
you will find all the info you need there.
we are fighting for the illegalization, again, of these videos. the day after the ban was removed, servers crashed from all the uploading, downloading. YOUR children can pull up a crush video. these videos are so extremely violent in their torturous killings that grown men and women suffer trauma from viewing.
these movies were even found offered on a pay per view channel.
I don’t suggest any of you view one, ever.
we need this ban, to end the sale and distribution of these violent videos in our country, and then we move on to other countries fighting these videos, the making of them and the selling of them. they need our support.
for our own country, America, make those phone calls, get this illegalized again!


July 30th, 2010
12:00 pm

Being a lifetime Republican, Tom Graves just lost my vote and my husbands also. Shame on him for not voting to end these cruel videos.