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Monthly Archive: April 2009

April 27, 2009

United States Supreme Court to Decide Whether Videos of Dog Figting, Other Forms of Animal Cruelty, Are Protected by the First Amendment’s Right of Free Speech

In Philadelphia last year, a Federal Appeals Court declared a rarely used law prohibiting the sale or possession of photos or videos of animals being maimed, mutilated, tortured, wounded, or killed, unconstitutional on First Amendment grounds. The Federal law which was passed over a decade ago, was enacted to combat a growing underground trade involving videos which portray dog fights or the mauling of other animals. The law was not intended to specifically target animal cruelty, as all fifty states have enacted their own legislation against such, and also included an exception for...

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