Many of us in the Valley were outraged last year by the U.S. Supreme Court decision which struck down a federal law banning video and other depictions of dog fighting and violence against animals, holding
that it violated constitutional guarantees of free speech. In response to this decision, essentially upholding grisly acts of animal cruelty, I quickly joined several colleagues to introduce the Prevention of Interstate Commerce in Animal Crush Videos Act (H.R. 5566). This common sense legislation was narrowly crafted to give law enforcement the ability to prosecute people who traffic in videos showing such heinous acts as the intentional crushing, burning, drowning, suffocating, or impaling of puppies, kittens, and other animals. With the support of the Humane Society, this legislation passed in the House and Senate and was signed into law by the President.