I’m all for the First Amendment and the freedom of speech but the recent Supreme Court decision to overturn a a federal law that made it a crime to create or sell dogfight videos and other depictions of animal cruelty seems really out-of-touch with the world at hand. While the law as it stood may have been weak, its’ underlying principle was sound and should have been upheld. In order to maintain a lawful society, we need laws and, hello! HAVE laws that curtail abusive and abhorrent behavior without their subverting our basic freedoms.
In the sole dissent, Justice Alito wrote, “The activity underlying both kinds of depictions (referring to child pornography) are crimes. The crimes are difficult to combat without drying up the marketplace for depictions of them and both kinds of depictions contribute at most minimally to public discourse.” Indeed.
Have we already forgotten the lessons learned from Michael Vick’s dog-fighting scandel?
Violence propagates violence–abuse of children, women, animals and tendencies to inflict harm to one group have been shown to affect the others. Dispersing information that overtly supports and endorses this type of behavior is and should continue to be crime.
Our mission at Brandy and Val, LLC is “to do good where good is needed.” It is through the sales of our books and through our pet therapy duties and appearances that we hope to spread the word and support causes that have a positive impact on animal welfare and the lives of children.