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