Gov Deval Patrick outlaws animal fights on web

(Are “Tom and Jerry” cartoons still legal? – promoted by DD4RP)

Governor Deval Patrick signed legislation recently that made posting video or pictures of animal fights on the web a far more serious crime.  Those who do post pictures of animal fights face a $500 fine or up to a year in jail.

Read the Boston.com article here: http://www.boston.com/news/loc…

All I can say is ‘sorry kids’ because now your homework will have to be done some other way.  You see, I have to assume that the new tougher law covers ALL animal fights.  And that would include all the sites dedicated to the wild world of animals such as National Geographic.  I won’t post the picture here, but trust that the following link leads to the heinous photo of two prairie dogs fighting: http://photography.nationalgeo…

I assume that previous picture will no longer be allowed.  Nor will the photograph of two bison fighting either: http://animals.nationalgeograp…

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  • view and download animal fights so long as I don’t buy/rent ’em…..and so long as I don’t post or upload ’em?

    Nothing like a good bear vs. man fight

    Can I post a vid of my cats fighting each other like they do every day?  What if I egged ’em on?

  • I like political sites……lights up the civics geek in me.

    I’m currently reading MGLs pertaining to animals and cruelty thereof…..and…..wow.

    Didn’t know it was illegal to give away animals as a prize….as in…can’t win a goldfish at the county fair by tossing a ping pong ball into the fishbowl like I did when I was a kid.

    ….find it insanely odd to disallow using animals as a lure/bait in a race/game/contest……….but I can live-line a pogie to catch a big stripah.

    ….and the wording “except an animal if used as lure or bait in fishing” is odd.

    So….I can’t use a kitten as bait in a dog race…..but I can stick a monster hook through it, toss it overboard, and use it as bait to catch a shark?

  • Yellow Cake?

    You see, I have to assume that the new tougher law covers ALL animal fights.

    1.) You don’t have to assume anything. You could get off your ass and actually read the bill.

    2.) It doesn’t make viewing said videos a crime. Therefore, little Johnny and Mary can still do this “homework” that you think they will be assigned.  I’ve never had a homework assignment in which I had to find pictures of animals fighting. Much less furnish said pictures.

    3.) Seems like there are a lot of Michael Vick types here on Red Mass. Bravo. Yes, more dog fight youtube videos, please.  

  • schulteraffe

    …that you did not even bother to read the law before you bloviated about it.  

    First of all, it does not refer to posting animal fights on the web, but rather posting images or video of animal cruelty.  

    No person may knowingly create, purchase, rent, possess, lease, host on a computer, server, or Internet location a depiction of animal cruelty.   Mass. Gen. Laws Ch. 272 Sec. 95A(d)

    Second, there is a list of exceptions that clearly covers the likes of National Geographic.

    Nothing in this section shall apply to serious religious, political, scientific, educational, law enforcement or humane investigator training, journalistic, artistic, or historical value. Mass. Gen. Laws Ch. 272 Sec. 95A(f)

     

  • http://www.mass.gov/legis/bill

    this is the text of the house bill signed into law.

    it ammends http://www.mass.gov/legis/laws… laws pertaining to Aiding or being present at exhibition of fighting animals.

    the last part of the bill says

    (f)  Nothing in this section shall apply to serious religious, political, scientific, educational, law enforcement or humane investigator training, journalistic, artistic, or historical value.

    so your children should have no problem doing their homework.

    discussing the actual law is probably a better use of time than arguing the abridged boston.com version.