Crush videos, also known as squish or trampling videos, cater to fetishists who gain sexual gratification from watching women torture and kill small animals by stepping on them. Typically, those crushing will use their buttocks or feet, making this fetish popular amongst many foot fetishists, as crushing by feet is usually the main focus. The foot (barefoot or in shoes) is thus often idolized by someone with a crush fetish. With the explosive growth of peer-to-peer file sharing networks, the availability and production of crush videos is already increasing dramatically. Additionally, the increasing popularity of websites that thrive on displaying shocking and violent videos are putting more of these types of videos into the mainstream. “THE COVER UP”
Rep. Elton Gallegly, (R-Calif.) and Rep. James P. Moran (D-Va.), co-chairmen of the Animal Protection Caucus, wrote the law that would prohibit the interstate sale of images of animals being “intentionally crushed, burned, drowned or impaled” unless they have “religious, political, scientific, educational, journalistic, historic or artistic value.” Violations would be punishable by up to five years in prison, a fine of up to $10,000 or both. The bill says the prohibition would not apply to hunting videos.
The justices threw out the criminal conviction of Robert Stevens of Pittsville, Va., who was sentenced to three years in prison for videos he made about pit bull fights.
The Supreme Court has struck down a federal law designed to stop the sale and marketing of videos showing dogfights and other acts of animal cruelty, saying it is an unconstitutional violation of free speech. This is the second time this year the high court has tossed out federal legislation on free speech grounds. The justices in January nullified parts of a sweeping campaign finance reform law, giving corporations, unions, and advocacy groups more power to bankroll federal elections.