November 15th, 2010
03:40 PM ET
12 years ago

'Crush videos' first order of business for House

(CNN) – Who says nothing gets done in a lame-duck session of Congress?

The House immediately passed its first resolution shortly after 2:30 p.m. ET Monday with resounding bipartisan support – though the measure in question had nothing to do with taxes, the economy, or job creation.

Instead, this resolution, introduced by Republican Ted Poe of Texas, prohibits the creation of "animal crush videos." As Poe described it on the House floor, such videos "depict small animals being slowly crushed to death by women using their bare feet or wearing high heels."

"Federal legislation is necessary to address the interstate sale and distribution of these videos, which is often beyond the reach of many states," said Poe, before the legislation easily passed.

The Senate passed a similar measure in September.

soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Are you serious? Where the heck are the JOBS? I can care less about animals and PETA's concerns.

    November 15, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  2. Duck Fallas

    Is it still OK to lob artillery shells at innocent people who live near phantom WMDs? As long as you don't videotape it?

    November 15, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  3. NC

    Simply Foolish, do some work and help our economy. We know tea party people crush animals with their feet, because they crush humans with their lies.

    November 15, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  4. Doyle Wiley, MI

    How's that job hunt working out, obviously the Republicans don't see the issue.

    November 15, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  5. Gale

    Gee, I just knew it was another raise for congress!

    November 15, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  6. Unit34Ahunt

    The idea of someone doing that is just wretched. But honestly, is this really something that the Federal Gov't needs to spend millions of dollars legislating and regulating. Yeah, it's a stupid and barbaric thing to do. But really, is there some threat that suddenly people are taking this up for kicks? The only thing more amazing than some of the stupid things that people do is the stupid things that congress will do to deal with such minutia.

    November 15, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  7. DIANA

    People who do this or enjoy watching it are sick and shouldn't be part of our society. At least one thing got done.

    November 15, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  8. Bill P

    Great to see Congress tackling the tough issues facing Americans!

    November 15, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  9. ~~ JULY ~~ ( Palin is the new Paris Hilton )

    Ufff .. for a minute there I actually thought CONGRESS was working to better the econemy ... like I said UUFFF that was a close one.

    November 15, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  10. Steve (the real one)

    Well I guess we can longer say this Congress did nothing! At the same time people who make, sell, distribute and watch this stuff are insane in the membrane!

    November 15, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  11. Panamajack

    At least outlawing these vicious videos is something constructive. As for those wanting more jobs, you should remember this: in order to be an employee, you must first have an employer. How many people do you think will start their own businesses or step up hiring with the band of idiots in the White House who blownone way one day and another way the next day? The climate for businesses has to be good to decrease unemployment.

    November 15, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  12. PB

    Based on the quotes in the article, apparently if men engage in crushing animals on video, it's not a crime - just stupid.

    November 15, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  13. John in Brooklyn

    While I am entirely sympathetic with the notion that we should protect the lives of innocent animals, I can't help but think that the next House of Representatives session will be as filled with relatively silly side issues...emotionally touching, yet substantively vacant calls to action....and total disregard for the human suffering among actual real life American HUMANS...as this bill presented by Republican Poe.

    November 15, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  14. Missing the point

    Okay, this is an issue. Here is exactly where everyone gets it wrong, regardless of what party they identify with:

    While this legislation is obviously something that most people would be in favor of – i.e. attempting to stop the production of horrible and disturbing entertainment, as many would see it – *it crosses the constitutional line*.... Congress has no business telling people what videos they can and can't make. This is a key point: the legislation has ONLY to do with VIDEOS – the actual media that contains the images of what can be clearly identified as inhumane treatment of animals.

    This type of legislation is a detriment, and only beneficial to the people attempting to pass it as a pad to their resume. Our legal system is only getting worse and more overloaded, and this type of legislation needs to be brought under control. There are a myriad of sufficient laws that are available to confront the issue this bill states – animal cruelty laws; even certain "obscenity" laws that already exist (which, in truth, also need to be identified as unconstitutional) can be used in their present state to deal with offenses of this nature. There is absoutely NO beneficial value or "crime stopping" potential that this legislation provides. It is, at it's very core: a waste of taxpayer time and money, and a subtle prick at the freedom that we as humans rightfully have – and also a not so subtle reminder that the Republican Conservative Right is still NOT immune from using their positions of power to further their own causes and impose their values unwittingly on others.

    Any law tied or identified with 'morals' is subjective at it's premise. The government has ABSOLUTELY NO position to be a moral authority. To make it responsible for such is the definition of a very different and well known system of government: Theocracy. If you do not represent and legislate under the premise that the people of this country are free, independent, and determine values in their own right – then you do not represent or believe in freedom.
    The government is not a consensus on values; it is a means of cooperation and maintaining civility through protection of fundamental rights, and the prosecution of those who violate those rights. One of those rights is the freedom to determine what you do or do not find obscene, inappropriate, or moral with respect to actions that do not diminish or violate another persons self, property, or liberty of the same.

    November 15, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  15. ficheye

    We once had a great country... or did we?

    November 15, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    And how long was this in the pipeline? I assume not too long.
    Too bad they cannot move this fast on bills or real importance. For all those over zealous animal rights poeples, I am not tkaing away form the importance of the bill, just the speed with which this got apporval when bills designed to save lives take months or years.

    November 15, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  17. Marie MD

    @Dutch/Bad Newz, VA
    YES!!! What kind of sickos do something like that to animals? If the old farts in the supreme court hadn't allowed it with their dumb decision this would be a moot point.
    People that enjoy killing and watching animals being killed are sick. Doesn't say much for any of you. This is how serial killers start.
    It's amazing that some of you don't think this is important.

    November 15, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  18. gary

    Another great job accomplished by Congress – what a joke –

    November 15, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  19. bj, texas

    I'm all for the little animals, unless it "Crush Liberals videos". Keep the cameras rolling!

    November 15, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  20. tim

    it's not a choice between jobs and doing things that restore humanity like this ruling – the gov should be able to do both. how is this not great news from any viewpoint?

    November 15, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  21. Eric

    The problem is the relentless rise of stupidity in America. If Americans would stop spending their time on sick, idiotic nonsense then maybe the government wouldn't need to waste time dealing with it. We have exactly the government we deserve right now – unfocused, irrational and distracted from real problem solving by fabricated controversies – just like the people who put them in power. If we want better governance then we, the people, need to step up our game as well.

    November 15, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  22. Danel

    So that means we cannot crush mosquitos with out feet? WOW talking about irrelevant here. We are paying these guys to pass bills for the little insect and that's bi-partisan too by the way.

    November 15, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  23. Jim TX

    I can't believe that people have become so sick. How can any of you not get behind this. As least something got done.

    November 15, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  24. Ned Flanders

    Isn't a "resolution" a non-binding vote that just means they support something. I don't believe a resolution is even a law, which means it has no power to do anything other than to express the will of congress. Wow, they passed a resolution. Check into it. They pass far more resolutions than laws, ans none do anything. It's like saying, "I don't like crush videos", and everybody goes, "Yeah they're terrible, someone should do something about that." So lets not get too excited, its the epitome of doing NOTHING.

    November 15, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  25. Steve (the real one)

    First, These videos are shameful! secondly, I wonder how many folks who are all indignant about these videos are all good with abortion? This probably won't be posted! We will see!

    November 15, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
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