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Congress passes bill to stop 'crush videos'

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate has followed the House in passing legislation to ban the selling of videos that depict the abuse and killing of animals.

The voice vote in the Senate sends the legislation to President Barack Obama for his signature.

So-called crush videos usually show women, often barefoot or wearing high heels, stomping small animals to death.

Congress banned such videos in 1999. But the Supreme Court earlier this year struck down the law, saying it was too broadly written and violated First Amendment free speech protections.

The more narrowly crafted bill going to the White House makes it a crime to sell or distribute videos that violate bans on animal cruelty. This includes showing animals being burned, drowned, suffocated or impaled.

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