Today, the entire "Supreme Court" needs to stick their heads in a bag so none of them will see the lightening bolt that is simply inevitable. All Supremes save one, Justice Alito, concluded that a anti-cruelty law was too broad. From ABC News:
"The Supreme Court today invalidated a federal law that had criminalized the sale of certain depictions of animal cruelty, including violent dogfighting videos."
This means, our right to amuse our human selves with video pit bull fights and crush films wherein a psychopath in high heels crushes a kitten for the sexual rush of it all is preserved. Then, they sell it on the internet to vipers eager to see the spectacle.
Legalism, is a dangerous thing as it hoists human arrogance to astounding new levels. To argue that our national obsession with "free speech" is jeopardized by a kitten squashing video is outrageous. To imagine that dog fighting films challenge free speech rights is absurd. Perhaps we can bring back vivisection and have more animal cruelty sequels than we ever got with Star Wars.
And a note about pit bulls and pit bull fighting... Pit bull, by definition, is not a breed. It is a category of dogs which includes American pit bull terrier, Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Terrier and sometimes, the American bull dog. The evolution of pit bull fighting has it's roots in rural and urban areas of the United States and it is the dirty business of felons and sociopaths. In order to get a pit bull to fight, the insane cruelty done to that animal includes chaining an 8 week old puppy to a pole with a tow chain so it lives outdoors permanently, not feeding it but twice a week using live kittens, using food to reward snapping/biting/lunging, routine beatings, feeding it gun powder, broken glass, and on and on. This is how you get a dog to fight, as there is no other way to do it. Fighting is against their nature and the pit bulls must be forced into the behavior. After a year of violence and abuse, these dogs can make a hell of a video. Then, in a final "Ta-da" finish, humans have the amazing nerve to label this breed as "bad" dogs.
Dog fighters get dogs for free of Craig's List and out of shelters and use them for bait dogs. Practice animals, if you will. We have a bait dog in our program with 50 holes in his head and a reconstructed ear.
It takes us a full year to rehabilitate a fighting dog. We do it using kindness, feeding 5 times a day, and huge amounts of zen-like quiet time for the animal. The pit bulls come out of the haze of abuse to eventually trust humans again. One year.
To take a video of the results of this grotesque human manipulation of what were once gentle, sweet puppies at birth, and profit from that, is as an apocalypse of wrong. That today it is legal, is a shameful day for free speech, my America, and the victimized animals.
Free speech isn't free. It's paid for, in this case, by helpless companion animals.
To say I'm disappointed is an understatement. I'm horrified, and disgusted that the chief "lawyers" gave felons the green light today, to peddle their cruel goods at the expense of the innocent. Baby porn- why not?
If only I could save all my beloved pit bulls. What's done to them, it's legal. Breed specific legislation is legal, too. Pit bulls are hunted by the evil, the politicians and now the Supreme Court.
How sorry I am for these loving, graceful and beautiful dogs who are born into such a horrible pit of a country with more lawyers than sense, and institutional vacancy where kindness and justice are concerned. At least, that's how they'd see it.
I'd rather be in a pit with a pit bull than in court listening to legal drivel and fantastical ideas about "our" laws and "our rights." Such a sad day for my babies, my children and the America I thought I lived in.
Now I know better. Commerce, as it is, wins.