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Supreme Court to Review Legality of Animal Abuse Videos

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The justices said they would review, at the request of the federal government, an appeals court decision that said Congress's broad attempt to discourage animal cruelty by outlawing its depiction violates the First Amendment. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit in Philadelphia voted 10 to 3 last summer to find unconstitutional the rarely used law passed by Congress in 1999. Thanks to Animal Law Online for the catch. You'd think it would be a no-brainer, but no.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

To the Editor: Re “ Disgusting but Not Illegal ” (editorial, Aug. 2): We disagree with your contention that the First Amendment protects animal “crush” videos. Stevens , the Supreme Court last year overturned a 1999 law banning depictions of animal cruelty on the grounds of overbreadth. In United States v. The justices were legitimately concerned that the law could impede valid speech.