WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Animal crush videos, showing the crushing, burning, drowning, and suffocating of animals was officially deemed illegal today. President Obama signed the Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act of 2010 this morning. The law was championed by North Carolina Senator Richard Burr.
Peter MacQueen, the president of the Humane Society of Eastern North Carolina says passing this law is finally bringing an end to a disgusting fetish.
"It's one of the most horrible forms of animal abuse," MacQueen says. "It probably ranks with dog fighting and skinning animals alive for their fur."
Previous bills regarding animal crush videos can serve as a warning to people who are offering to sell or give away their animals, whether it be a newspaper or online source.
"If you put an ad in the paper that says 'free for a good home for kittens,' you don't know who's coming to knock on your door to say 'yes, I've been looking for five kittens to give a good new home to,'"says MacQueen. "They may end up in one of these sick videos."