The Supreme Court has ruled a federal law designed to stop the sale and marketing of videos showing dog fights and other acts of animal cruelty is an unconstitutional violation of free speech.
The 8-1 decision was a defeat for animal rights groups and sponsors of the unusual congressional legislation.
The specific case before the court dealt with tapes showing pit bulldogs attacking other animals and one another in staged confrontations.
This is an incredibly outrageous and poor ruling. George W. may not have done a lot of things right during his term in office, but one thing he did very correctly was sign a law making dog fighting a felony in all fifty states. The sale and marketing of a video showing fighting and abuse is a direct violation of that law. The people selling these videos staged and filmed animal abuse. This is not a free speech issue. This is a dog fighting and animal abuse issue. The law is clear. Breeding, training, staging and participating in dog fighting in any form is a felony. Filming it is simply evidence. The Supreme Court should not be allowed to hide behind the direct question curtain. I ran into this with Amazon when discussing the sale of books on breeding, training and fighting dogs. They came back the freedom of speech argument. There has to be a line drawn in the sand. Where does freedom of speech cross over and become a crime? The more I think about it the more I believe, as long as no one is hurt, freedom of speech rules. When intentionally compromising, using or abusing and killing another life of any form, it is not free speech, it is a crime.