I was looking through journals under my name on Buzznet, and a girl had mentioned a video about a woman crushing a kitten with her heel in China. I thought it was a hoax only to find out that the US produces these films too, and they are real. This is the lowest. I was speechless and I thought about not posting this journal because I don't want to promote this in any way. I decided to post it because the paragraph below lists things to do if you run into this type of ....there's not even a word for it....
I would like to see the people who do this have what they do to the animals done to them and video taped. I don't think there's anyway someone who does this could be reformed. They are broken beyond repair.
Crush Video update
One of the ladies whom we used to be in contact as the Asia representative of World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) contacted me yesterday. She is no longer with WSPA but still does work within Asia for animals.
She sent me some links of the crush video as well, and said that as far as she can ascertain, it is not a hoax.
The good news is that she is working with some of the welfare groups in China to try and push for an animal abuse law. She asked me to send her information on the legislation in Singapore. She said from one Asian country to another, this might be more persuasive in convincing China to beef up their laws. I'll post more information when I have it.
posted by Dawn @ 10:16 AM
Anonymous Aminah Bee said...
"Crush" Video is not a hoax.
More info and press reports on "Crush" Video here:
Stopping Crush Videos
Crush videos -- also known as squish or trampling videos -- cater to fetishists who gain sexual gratification from watching women torture and kill small animals by stepping on them.
As unbelievable as this may seem, and despite federal legislation prohibiting this type of animal cruelty, crush videos have gained a market among emotionally disturbed in the U.S.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is a fetish?
In simple terms, a fetish is a non-sexual object that is viewed by someone as the focus of sexual desire. A common example of this is the foot fetish, where the fetishist is sexually aroused by feet or certain aspects of feet, such as high heels, foot licking, or even foot odor.
What is a crush fetish?
Crush fetishists most often take the form of a specialized foot fetish. Generally speaking, crush fetishists get sexually aroused by the thought of being trampled, crushed, or smothered under the feet of another. The fascination may involve elements of bondage or sadomasochism.
In addition to being trampled themselves, crush fetishists will also use objects: for example, the fetishist may delight in watching a woman step on a tube of toothpaste in high heels while envisioning himself under the heels. Food crushing is another common variation.
This allows the fetishist to experience the vicarious thrill of being trampled over and over.
Why is this a bad thing?
In this more tame form that involves only consenting adults and a tube of toothpaste, it's not necessarily a bad thing. There are many websites devoted to non-destructive trampling, foot fetishes, and "giantess worship", and although it may seem odd to those who don't share those particular fascinations, there's nothing inherently unsafe about it.
However, when extreme fetishists grow tired of inanimate objects, they may move on to live animals. Once the fetishist resorts to killing living things, he or she has crossed the line into unacceptable (and criminal) behavior.
What's the big deal? So, they step on a few bugs! So what?
The process merely begins with insects, worms, crickets and snails. (This alone is abhorrent to many people, since the insects aren't merely killed, they are tortured to death slowly and excruciatingly.)
As the fetishists become desensitized to watching smaller creatures squirm in agony, they move on to larger and larger creatures. Tarantulas and large centipedes follow. Crayfish, crabs, and fish are next.
And when the "thrill" of tormenting those creatures fades, the hardcore crush fetishist moves on to more evolved animals that suffer more intensely and visibly: baby mice ("pinkies"), rats, guinea pigs, kittens, and dogs.
Empathizing with crustaceans and insects may be difficult, but few people are unable to see the evil in torturing and killing mice, cats and dogs. Those who cannot see the wrong in these acts are seriously out of touch with their conscience.
How many people are involved in crush videos?
Estimates vary, but it is believed that less than 2,000 people worldwide are participants or viewers of crush videos. Sadly, the practice has spready to the UK, which is now dealing with its own outbreak of crush videos (or "squish videos", as they are more commonly known there).
With the explosive growth of peer-to-peer file sharing networks, the availability and production of crush videos is likely to spread if not aggressively opposed.
Are these people a danger to those around them?
Quite possibly. There is a well-documented link between violence against animals and violence against human beings. Animal cruelty is in the history of a majority of serial killers, rapists, and spouse/child abusers.
Consider that one who abuses animals lacks empathy. Is the transition from torturing a helpless cat to torturing a helpless baby all that great?
Are there laws against crush videos?
Yes! In 1999, Public Law 106-152 (Title 18, Section 48) was enacted. This Federal legislation makes it a felony to create, sell, or possess videos depicting animal cruelty with the intention of profiting financially from them.
Additionally, most states have stringent anti-cruelty laws, although enforcement of these laws is sometimes lax.
How can I put a stop to animal abuse in crush videos?
That's easy: speak up.
By contacting the appropriate officials when you find a crush video web site, or if you suspect that someone is abusing animals, you ensure that these atrocities don't slip under the radar of law enforcement.
By contacting the internet service provider of the abuser, you help cut off their connection to the purchasers who enable the practice.
By warning pet stores and feed stores in the vicinity of the abusers, you help spread awareness of the problem.
Pick any one or more of these actions, and you'll have taken a step towards eliminating crush videos in the US.
However, you should NOT:
Harass or threaten these individuals
Mailbomb, launch denial of service attacks or other internet-related harassment
Post defamatory information about them -- the facts are damning enough
Who can I report crush videos to?
If you know or suspect that someone is engaged in animal cruelty, you can contact any of the following agencies:
Your local ASPCA or Humane Society
Your local police
Your state's Attorney General
for websites, the internet service provider
News from The Observer /UK News
'Crush videos' plumb depths of perversion
Torturing small creatures to death on screen is the new porn.
Sunday May 19, 2002 (Archive News)
The Observer News
It begins with a close-up of a guinea pig lying spread-eagled on the floor, each of its tiny legs fastened in place by sticky tape. The camera slowly pulls back to show that a woman, seen only from the knees down, is pacing around the stricken creature in bright red stilettos. Her voice is soft and low: 'You are my victim. Are you frightened, little man? You know that your destiny is under my heels...'
Squeals of pain ring out as the sharp point of one stiletto is brought down on each leg in turn, shattering the bones. Next, the creature's back is crushed under a toe, cigarettes are stubbed out on its fur and hip and shoulder bones are systematically trampled and broken until, finally, the woman kills it by driving her heel through its skull. The torture has lasted almost 30 minutes.
Known as 'crush videos' or 'animal snuff movies', such films occupy the cross-over point between animal cruelty and extreme fetishistic pornography and, despite being illegal, generate hundreds of thousands of pounds' worth of sales.
An Observer investigation has uncovered gruesome evidence that the market for such material in the UK is growing rapidly, with at least 2,000 such titles available at specialist internet sites and through individuals advertising in private chatrooms. They include Vanessa's Frog Stomp, Mistress Di, Princess of Death and Debbie the Destructor, in which kittens, monkeys, rats, mice, frogs and other small animals, or even larger insects such as crickets, are crushed to death under heels, between breasts or simply by being sat on.
Until recently, the majority of such films had been made in the United States but last week, in the first recorded case of its kind in Britain, one man and three women from the Stoke-on-Trent area pleaded guilty to charges of animal cruelty and conspiracy to publish obscene material after they were found to be making videos of animals being tortured and killed.
Craig Chapman, 27, Christine Besford, 25, Sarah Cooke, 21, and Theraza Smallwood, 22, pleaded guilty to offences involving a kitten, a guinea pig and a number of mice.
They appeared in a Stoke-on-Trent courtroom packed full of animal rights activists and angry residents. All the offences took place between March 2000 and January 2002 in the Stoke area. The four will be sentenced at the end of the month.
The case has thrown a light on the darkest corners of the world of pornography and increases concerns that, as censorship laws are further relaxed, the illegal market will become more extreme.
One sex shop owner in London's Soho, who asked to remain anonymous, told The Observer : 'There has always been under-the-counter stuff. Ten years ago it would be films showing men and women having sex with pigs, chickens and horses. Occasionally you get drunken lads who want the really sick stuff as a bit of a laugh, but there are also your regular punters who are really into it.
'Few people stocked it because the penalties were far harsher than for hardcore sex and there was a real stigma attached to it. That's all gone now and you can buy the stuff all over the place, which means what's left under