Target: U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner
Goal: Outlaw posting pictures and videos on the Internet of innocent animals being tortured.
Because it is legal for people who abuse animals to post their hateful actions online, many sick individuals have posted such disgusting pictures and videos on social media sites, and elsewhere. If this abuse continues to be condoned, more animals will likely suffer at the hands of mindless imbeciles.
In 2010 the Supreme Court decided it was perfectly legal and acceptable for people to promote animal cruelty under America’s constitutional free speech laws. Specifically, they said it was OK to post videos of animal cruelty online. Because this is not against the law, many subhuman and sadistic individuals have posted very inappropriate pictures and videos of themselves or others abusing animals on Facebook. One such recent video shows an animal clearly suffering as it is being burned alive. There were also pictures of individuals pretending to hit an animal with one hand as a terrified animal was being held by the perpetrator in the other hand.
It is illegal to run into a theater and yell the word, “fire.” Ironically, it is not illegal to post a video of some heartless monster setting a live animal on fire, or of a very disturbing image of someone wearing a mask and aiming their fist at a poor distressed kitten. Sign this petition and tell the Speaker of the House John Boehner that this is in no way what our forefathers meant when they proposed or wrote the First Amendment. If you can’t yell “fire” in a theater, you absolutely should not be allowed to promote setting innocent creatures on fire in the backyard.
Dear Mr. Boehner,
Since it is legal to promote animal cruelty online, several unstable individuals have shared this type of disgusting filth on social media pages and on other websites. If people continue to post footage of animal abuse, even more sick-minded individuals are likely to get the idea that it is “cool” to hurt innocent animals.
When the Supreme Court threw out a law that would make it illegal to post videos of inhumane acts of animal cruelty online, the country took a huge step backwards. Promoting videos of live animals suffering in fires and showcasing pictures of terrified kittens that are about to be punched is not free speech. It is disgusting filth that should not be legal to post in a country that touts about its sophisticated ways and its supposedly outstanding progress.
There are federal laws set in place to protect animals, including the Animal Welfare Act of 1966. Specifically, the Animal Welfare Act states in section 2131 of chapter 54 that, “The Congress finds…that regulation of animals and activities as provided in this chapter is necessary to prevent and eliminate burdens upon such commerce and to effectively regulate such commerce in order—(1) to ensure that animals intended…for exhibition purposes or for use as pets are provided humane care and treatment.” People abusing their pets online is not providing them with “humane care and treatment,” as required by the Animal Welfare Act. Furthermore, if these posts are considered to be online “exhibitions,” this should also make these posts illegal. Conclusively, promoting heartless Internet images and videos of people illegally abusing their animals should not be considered to be legal, either.
For all of these reasons, I urge you to stand behind this issue and to outlaw animal abusers from being allowed to post images and videos of people hideously hurting animals online. Free speech is something that should never be legal to abuse. Posting images and sharing videos that promote harming innocent and helpless creatures unequivocally falls under that category, and should therefore be outlawed immediately.
[Your Name Here]
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