Forbid Barbaric ‘Animal Crush’ Videos

Target: United States District Judge Sim Lake

Goal: Demand that Judge Lake rethink his recent decision allowing animal crush videos to be filmed and distributed

Judge Sim Lake recently threw out the charges against a Houston couple accused of creating horrific animal crush videos, thus violating the federal “animal crush video” statute. Animal crush videos are a type of pornography that usually depicts a woman wearing high heels crushing or torturing small animals until they die. The couple recently accused, Ashley Nicole Richards and Brent Justice, created particularly gruesome footage.

Richards and Justice filmed and distributed various videos featuring the barbaric torture of rabbits, puppies, kittens, and crustaceans. In one video, Richards tortures a pit bull puppy by taping its mouth closed, and then cutting into its hind leg with a meat cleaver before finally slitting its throat and beheading it. In another, Richards stomps crawfish, crabs, and lobster under her stilettos. A third video depicts her shoving her stiletto heel in the eye-socket of a kitten. 

Richards and Justice were arrested after animal rights activists complained vigorously, and the couple was charged with violating the animal crush video statute. When the case reached Judge Lake however, he threw it out, claiming that there were dangerous implications in the animal crush video statute itself. The statute outlaws all recordings of intentional animal cruelty, claiming that media documentation of an animal being “subjected to serious bodily injury” is obscene.

Judge Lake ruled however, that this could prohibit other activities, like showing the “humane slaughter of a stolen cow.” He therefore ruled that the law was too broad and violated the First Amendment. Demand that Judge Lake rethink his decision and convict Richards and Justice for committing barbaric acts of animal cruelty.


Dear Judge Lake,

The recently thrown out case against Ashley Nicole Richards and Brent Justice needs to be given a second consideration. Under the “animal crush video” statute, their actions are clearly obscene, and therefore illegal. There is no way to argue against the validity of this statement – the acts of gross violence the couple committed and filmed are utterly appalling. These videos are disturbing on every level, and their creation must be halted.

This cannot happen unless Richards and Justice experience the legal consequences of their actions. The time for protesting the statute is not now, when there is clearly obscene activity taking place. Instead, the new statute must be utilized to bring two cruel human beings to justice.

Animals cannot speak, and sometimes our legal system must give them a voice. Richards and Justice committed brutal acts of violence against small animals, and they must face the consequences of their cruelty. Also, others must be dissuaded from creating similar materials so that this practice can begin to end once and for all. The fate of these animals matters, and the statute must be upheld to protect them.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Judge has no conscience. Why does so much animal abuse happen in Texas? Shame on Judge Lake. He does not honor himself with these decisions, which in return the public does not honor him.

  2. Romie Garcia says:

    How many times do we need to sign these petitions before all of this ends? Stop all this bullshit animal abuse already. These people are sick fcks.

  3. Judge Sim Lake is inhumane for not serving sentence against this couple – he is not a judge but a crazy humane – if you can call this type of person humane at all.

  4. This inept judge needs to be fully investigated !!! People who can commit these barbaric sexually motivated acts, will undoubtedly go on to commit other dreadful acts towards ALL vulnerable sections of society !!!! I am sure if
    “human objects ” were used to commit these acts there would be outrage, yet here because it’s animals they are treated far too leniently !!!!!

  5. Queste sono azioni da psicopatici sadici gente malata di mente con comportamenti aberranti … sono da curare, e vanno seguiti bene, perchè non devono continuare a nuocere.

  6. What kind of judge does not see this as violent callous crime?? What the hell is wrong with peop,e ?? Especially a judge?? Look at that serial killer in South Carolina. He started by shooting dogs with a bob gun… Do you get it?! Violence against innocent creatures is UNACCEPTABLE!! No exception! What if they were crushing children… Would that get your attention..,how jaded and rough do you have to b to not see this violence and senseless killing as a crime!!

  7. This person is a judge (JOKE) why do Mormon judges take this wishy washy attitude it is frankly deplorable on there part. Humans with a true moral backbone are sick to the back teeth of pond life scum killing animals for there sad little brains pleasure. These slime balls should be hung not let off what the hell are you thinking you are a disgrace not fit to be in a court room. YOU ARE JUST HELPING TO MAKE THE WORLD HORRIFIC SOULLESS PLACE FIT ONLY FOR THE SCUM YOU ARE PROTECTING. SHAME ON YOU !!!!!

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