On December 9, 2010, President Obama signed The Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act (H.R. 5566) into law. Crush videos depict the torture and killing of small animals by women, an act that lawmakers called “obscene.” The new law criminalizes the making, sale, and marketing of these videos with penalties of up to seven years in prison. “The Humane Society of the United States commends President Obama for signing this bill into law and bringing an end to some of the most gruesome cruelty any of us have ever witnessed,” said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), which has been working against crush videos. “We are thankful that countless animals will now be spared from intentional torture for sick entertainment and profit.”
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