A woman serving a 10-year sentence in a Texas prison for her role in the creation of crush porn videos in which she urinated upon, slowly tortured and chopped up live dogs, cats, rabbits, and mice made legal history this week.
Ashley Richards, now 24, pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday morning to five counts in violation of the Animal Crush Prohibition Act, signed into law in 2010.
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Richards will be the first person prosecuted at the federal level for violating these laws, which criminalize the creation, sale and marketing of videos “in which one or more living non-human mammals, birds, reptiles or amphibians is intentionally crushed, burned, drowned, suffocated, impaled or otherwise subjected to serious bodily injury, and is obscene.”
As Motherboard reported in May, the specification that the videos be labeled obscene was meant to