Updated: Here's a copy of the full ruling. I've not had a chance to read it yet -- and will likely comment more when I get the opportunity.
Not a lot of information on this yet -- but CNN is reporting that the federal law designed to stop the sale and marketing of videos showing dog fights and other acts of animal cruelty (specifically crush videos) is unconstitutional and a violation of the First Amendment guaranteeing us free speech.
I'm all for free speech, but I had really hoped the Courts would rule that dog fighting, and supreme acts of animal cruelty would fall under the same types of "exceptions" to free speech as child pornography.
I realize it's a slippery slope when you start making exceptions for the first amendment -- but there really isn't a reason for the gruesome video footage to exist -- let alone be profitted from in this country.
I feel like the point of the 1st Amendment has been lost -- and that the reason the Amendment was put into place was that our founders thought that true democracy could only exist if people were allowed to question and criticize our government. Losing the ability to profit off of animal cruelty videos (which includes HSUS fundraising off of their video footage) does not threaten our democracy in any way.
I'll probably have more to say on this one when more news and reasons come out for it. But my initial reaction is of disappointment in the Supreme Court decision.
H/T to a host of people on Twitter for this one.