H.R. 5566 (111th): Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act of 2010

Jun 22, 2010 (111th Congress, 2009–2010)
Signed by the President
Slip Law:
This bill became Pub.L. 111-294.
Elton Gallegly
Representative for California's 24th congressional district
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Last Updated
Nov 23, 2010
3 pages
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Referred to Committee
Last Action: Sep 27, 2010


This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on December 9, 2010.

Introduced Jun 22, 2010
Referred to Committee Jun 22, 2010
Reported by Committee Jun 23, 2010
Passed House Jul 21, 2010
Passed Senate with Changes Sep 28, 2010
Signed by the President Dec 09, 2010
Full Title

To amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit interstate commerce in animal crush videos, and for other purposes.


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On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended
Jul 21, 2010 4:12 p.m.
Passed 416/3

262 cosponsors (132D, 130R) (show)

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12/9/2010--Public Law.
Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act of 2010 - Amends the federal criminal code to revise the prohibition against depictions of animal cruelty to prohibit anyone from knowingly creating an animal crush video if:
(1) such person intends or has reason to know that such video will be distributed in, or using a means or facility of, interstate or foreign commerce; or
(2) such video is distributed in, or using a means or facility of, interstate or foreign commerce.
Prohibits the sale, marketing, exchange, or distribution of such videos in interstate or foreign commerce.
Defines "animal crush video" as any photograph, motion picture, film, video or digital recording, or electronic image that: (1) depicts actual conduct in which one or more living non-human mammals, birds, reptiles, or amphibians is intentionally crushed, burned, drowned, suffocated, impaled, or otherwise subjected to serious bodily injury; and (2) is obscene.
Extends the applicability of this Act to a person selling, marketing, advertising, exchanging, distributing, or creating animal crush videos outside the United States if: (1) such person intends or has reason to know that the animal crush video will be transported into the United States or its territories or possessions; or (2) the video is so transported. Imposes a fine and/or prison term of up to seven years for violations of this Act.
Exempts from the application of this Act: (1) any visual depiction of customary and normal veterinary or agricultural husbandry practices, the slaughter of animals for food, or hunting, trapping, or fishing; and (2) good faith distribution of an animal crush video to a law enforcement agency or a third party for the sole purpose of determining if referral to a law enforcement agency is appropriate.
Provides for compliance of the budgetary effects of this Act with the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010.

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