The legislation goes to the House, which passed its own version of the bill in July.
The Senate version goes further than the House legislation in that it specifically prohibits the creation of animal crush videos, not just their sale.
My grandson, Joe, with Aurora Katrina (2000)It also prohibits such videos from being distributed for free, a common practice on the Internet via file-sharing per-to-peer networks.
Nancy Perry, vice president for governmental affairs at the Humane Society of the United States, told the Senate Judiciary Committee this month there had been a resurgence in the number of crush videos available on the Web after the court move.
"Congress has a longstanding and compelling government interest in preventing cruelty to animals," Perry said. "Having a law on the books can make a real and immediate difference in preventing extreme animal cruelty."
The crush videos show women stomping small animals (kittens, rabbits) with spiked heels. How sick: it's a turn on for some people.
Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon, said "Videos depicting extreme animal cruelty have no place in our society."
This bill is a response to the Supreme Court ruling against a broader animal cruelty bill in April.