The team has just gotten off the phone with Congressman Elton Gallegly’s office in D.C. They were more than happy to address our concerns regarding the wording of HR 5566. They assured us that Congress is still pressing the the Senate to add to the bill making it tougher on crush video. They hope to bring the Senate to vote soon. This is where all of you come in. We need you to keep sending mail to the Senators, strongly urging them to add more to the bill, making crush video illegal to sell, purchase and distribute, while including stipulation that will protect our rights to educate the world regarding this heinous practice. Once these changes are made in the Senate and the Senate votes positively on the bill, the bill will then go back to the House for revision approval. Once that is done, it will head straight to the president’s desk! We can not stress how important the issue of time constraint is in this situation. If the bill is not passed by year’s end, it will become “null and void”. We will have to start the process all over again. Please use the links at Stopcrush.org to contact your Senator today because countless animals need your help now!
This is to explain why Congress needs all of you to write to your Senators regarding the wording of HR 5566.
Text from HR 5566(Prevention of Interstate Commerce in Animal Crush Videos Act of 2010):
(a) Prohibition- Whoever knowingly and for the purpose of commercial advantage or private financial gain sells or offers to sell, or distributes or offers to distribute, an animal crush video in interstate or foreign commerce shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both.
The wording is based solely on commercial gain in Interstate sale and his is a very serious issue. Without wording that targets the sale, purchase and distribution, through commerce or not, it will be very hard for us to get websites which contain the videos taken down if there is no proof of/or intent to sell. Please use the information provided in Skylar’s letter to help you understand more clearly. We have also included stipulations that will protect those using the video to educate/spread awareness.
Below is Skylar’s letter explaining what we would like all of the senators to receive as a request from their constituency(you).
Skylar’s Sample Letter to the Senate regarding HR 5566: