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Old 04-21-2009, 03:56 AM   #1
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Case of free speech and dogfighting to court

Does the 1st Amendment give people the right to sell or own videos depicting illegal activity? If the activity in question is child pornography, the answer is a resounding no. But if it depicts animal abuse -- such as dog fighting? That's a matter for the highest court in the land. The Times' David G. Savage explains:
All 50 states have laws against animal cruelty, and a decade ago, Congress made it illegal to sell or possess photos or videos of animals being maimed, mutilated, tortured, wounded or killed. The aim was to combat an underground trade in videos that showed dogs fighting or mauling other animals.

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Old 04-21-2009, 03:02 PM   #2
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There is no intrinsic value in these videos. I also have a concern with the use of 'artistic' value. Where is the artistic value in seening animals hurt or killed? I know there are probably some sick nutjobs that will claim artistic freedom to avoid going to jail for video taping animal abuse - the artistic claim should also be removed as an option.
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