Supreme Court Strikes Down Depiction of Animal Cruelty Act

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The Supreme Court struck down a law that outlawed the depiction of animal cruelty. He argued that his documentaries were protected by the First Amendment. A federal judge disagreed and a jury convicted him of selling banned depictions of dog fights in violation of the 1999 law. A federal appeals court overturned the conviction by declaring the underlying law unconstitutional.

Best & Worst States for Animal Protection

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According to this Technorati article , the Humane Society rated the states on their animal protection laws. New Jersey Illinois Massachusetts Colorado Maine WORST STATES Ohio Hawaii Alabama North Dakota Mississippi Idaho South Dakota (worst) According to the Animal Legal Defense Fund, the states fell this way. animal abuse animal cruelty california legislation humane society us

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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.

Appeal Denied for Six Activists Convicted Under AEPA

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Six members of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty were convicted at a 2006 trial in New Jersey of conspiracy to violate the 1992 Animal Enterprise Protection Act. The law, since revised, aimed to protect animal research laboratories from illegal, sometimes violent protests. The company had been a target of animal activists since video footage surfaced on television in the 1990s depicting animal abuse at its laboratory in the United Kingdom.

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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. The justices were legitimately concerned that the law could impede valid speech. To the Editor: Re “ Disgusting but Not Illegal ” (editorial, Aug.

Humane Society Endorses Obama

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The Obama-Biden ticket is the better choice on animal protection, and we urge all voters who care about the humane treatment of animals, no matter what their party affiliation, to vote for them. has been a solid supporter of animal protection at both the state and federal levels. Not a big surprise considering McCain's VP choice.

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National Justice for Animals Week

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From the better late then never category, the ALDF is having a National Justice for Animals Week to raise awareness about animal abuse. Here is the full press release: During its first-ever National Justice for Animals Week, February 22 – 28, 2009, the national non-profit Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) is recognizing some of the top law enforcement professionals in the nation for getting real justice for animals who are victims of abuse.

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To the Editor: Re “ Animal Cruelty and Free Speech ” (editorial, Oct. 6): I do not agree that “anyone with an appreciation for the First Amendment” must conclude that “crush videos” or videos of vicious dogfights are protected speech and that the federal law in question should therefore be struck down. Only a very narrow range of activities come under the sweep of this law, and all of them are illegal. Why are “crush videos” involving animals any different?

Environmental Groups Call For End To USDA Wildlife Killing

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From WildEarth Guardians: WildEarth Guardians’ research reveals this agency is: • Biologically Unsound - Wildlife Services uses a “sledgehammer approach” to wildlife management, meaning over one million animals are killed each year using non-selective killing controls such as poisons, traps, and aerial gunning. Animals killed also include threatened and endangered species, a number which has steadily increased since 2005.

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From the Mailbag

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As you know, the Animal Legal Defense Fund is committed to protecting the lives of animals everywhere. But you may not know that we have filed a lawsuit against Mendes Calf Ranch for its violation of California animal cruelty laws. While our lawsuit to stop this cruel practice is pending in court, there is more we can do for these animals right now. Greetings, We need your help.

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9): Thank you for encouraging California voters to support the state’s Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act, or Proposition 2, on the November ballot. Consumer boycotts and protective laws are desperately needed. While well intended, Proposition 2 is primarily based on emotion and not on a thorough scientific evaluation of all factors that contribute to animal well-being. To the Editor: Re “ Standing, Stretching, Turning Around ” (editorial, Oct.