By a margin of 8-1, the U.S. Supreme Court has struck down 18 U.S.C. 48, a federal law banning “graphic violence against animals.” Free speech and all that. Yes, but, at what price freedom? “The law was enacted in 1999 to limit Internet sales of so-called crush videos,” the AP reports with characteristic dispassion. “which appeal to a certain sexual fetish by showing women crushing to death small animals with their bare feet or high-heeled shoes.” In the case considered by the Supremes, the justices quashed the conviction of Robert Stevens of Pittsville, Va., sentenced to three years in prison for making videos of pit bull fights. So what’s this got to do with hunting?
“[Chief Justice] Roberts said the law could be read to allow the prosecution of the producers of films about hunting. And he scoffed [in a literary sense] at the administration’s assurances that it would only apply the law to depictions of extreme cruelty. ‘We would not uphold an unconstitutional statute merely because the government promised to use it responsibly.'” God I love those guys. The National Rifle Association is, of course, accepting all of the responsibility and none of the blame. Sorry, most of the credit . . .
“The NRA condemns animal cruelty,” the NRA statement said, condemning animal cruelty. “However, hunting and depictions of hunting are not animal cruelty.”
Show me the money!
American hunters and sportsmen are our country’s true conservationists. It is offensive that those who work hardest for the preservation efforts of wildlife in this country are grouped with those who commit actual animal cruelty.
‘Cause if you don’t conserve wildlife you’ll have nothing to shoot. Just sayin’.