March 12, 2012

Open letter to spiritual and religious leaders of all faith from the STOPCRUSH.ORG initiative

With humility and respect, we write to you in an attempt to ask that you publicly condemn the horrific underground industry that fuels the animal crush interest. It is our belief, that your word would hold great strength against those who generate these detestable, society degrading depictions. Whilst there are laws against specific animal cruelties that could apply to the acts within animal crush video in certain nations, there are few to no specific laws against the videos, themselves, save for the legislation recently enacted in the United States and Greece.

If you do not yet know what animal crush video is, we will include part of a statement made by one of our co-founders, which was recorded in an educational video that we use to spread awareness:

“The videos generally feature, but do not limit themselves to, small live animals, such as kittens, puppies, mice and bunnies being slowly tortured in the most horrific ways imaginable.
They are burned alive, cut with pruning sheers, nailed to the floor, skinned alive, beaten, stabbed and most often, they have their limbs crushed and broken, just to invoke more screams of agony.
The majority of these videos share a common theme, the animals are incrementally crushed by scantily clad women in high heels. Those who purchase these videos, view them for sexual gratification. Basically speaking, the animal crush interest is an atypical sexual arousal toward the the horrific torture and distress of another life-form.”

The animal crush interest has been steadily rising in poularity, the more exposure the videos have garnered through internet means. This was a part of the reason why the United States passed the Animal Crush Prohibition Act of 2010 and Greece has followed with its own legislation against the vile interest. The videos obviously consist of simply horrific and detestable prurient sadist torture. If “evil” does exist in this world, this is one of its manifestations. The same could be said of the actions connected to serial murderers, but as many about the world might agree, they are really one in the same.

There is no limit to what some animal crush “consumers” will ask to see tortured, however, they generally seem to enjoy animals that are most connected to childhood love and joy, such as puppies, kittens, bunnies, etc… and the crush producers are more than willing to supply these videos. Those working with the STOPCRUSH.ORG initiative have done extensive investigation and we have found that the animal crush producers can be based in any nation, peddling their sadistic “wares” to anyone in the world who will purchase them. Those who do purchase them and are “aroused” sexually by the torture of another life-form, need not walk the same streets as our children, or defenseless animals, for that matter.

We have stumbled across videos featuring horses, turtles, monkeys; again, there is no limit to the depravity or the depths to which these “humans” will go. We have even found videos where men have unearthed the graves of human babies and crushed their skulls on camera. Other men pay large sums of money to watch these videos for sexual gratification. Something must be done to help influence governments around the world to take a stronger stance against this detestable industry.

The torture in the videos that feature live animals can last a very long time. It is more preferable to those who view the depictions, for said torture to last as long as possible before the animal is finally killed. Some last anywhere from 20 minutes, to an hour. Others are said to have lasted up to 3 hours. It is difficult to fathom, the suffering involved, and this would all depend on the manner of torture involved. In recent years, animal crush producers have been giving the option to their “consumers” as to which form of torture, to which animal they would like to see killed, and by what “type” of woman. Again, they generally do try to keep the animal alive and screaming, for as long as possible.

What the STOPCRUSH.ORG initiative and citizens about the globe are asking from all nations, is to completely outlaw animal crush video, on the internet and off-line, as well. Each nation must develop a “no tolerance” policy against the production, sale, distribution, or purchase of these videos, enact felony legislation against them in the same way most nations have a “no-tolerance” policy in regard to child pornography. It is the only way to close all “loop-holes” and root these serial murderers from our society. This is not a matter of “free-speech”, as some would argue. These videos are not of animal husbandry, nor do they contain any scientific, educational or artistic value. They are generated explicitly for the purposes of exploiting, torturing and murdering and innocent life for the prurient interest of the viewer.

We must stress that there is no specific place that animal crush video originates from. Animal crush video is produced in many nations, all over the world and the internet is rife with it. Our children can find animal crush video at the click of a computer mouse button. There are still a few major animal crush producers underground, right here in the United States, where again, law has been generated against them. Some of them are in Asia. Some are in Europe. They are simply in many nations and in all corners of the globe. Likewise, undercover investigation performed by the team has revealed that animal crush video is available for “under-counter” purchase at video shops in some countries.

A former United States FBI agent named Robert K. Ressler, who is a psychological profiler of violent offenders, is credited with coining the term, “serial killer”. Ressler stated that murderers very often start out by killing and torturing animals during childhood. Obviously, those who commit animal abuse, show symptoms of severe mental disturbances. Ressler’s research in psychology/criminology opened the door to the connection between those who commit acts of cruelty against animals, and those who commit violence against humans. Almost every profiled serial murderer had a history of violence against animals in their youth, which elevated to enacting said violence upon humans.

Obviously, the specific sexual gratification or “arousal” that crush “consumers” garner from the depictions are quite atypical. This is not “normal” behavior and these individuals are simply dangerous to any living being around them. What they see in the specific torture that causes such arousal, is quite a foreign concept to any well adjusted, caring human being, however, it is obviously connected with having control over another life-form and the ability to take said life away.

The STOPCRUSH.ORG initiative is growing, however, we are still very much a “grass-roots” effort. We consist of individuals from several races, many nations, varied spiritual beliefs, and we respect one another. It was suggested from within, that we attempt to contact you on this matter. The public word from world-admired spiritual leaders toward their people could help turn the balance against these killers, making society a safer place for our children, as well as innocent animals.

For years now, AELLA’s STOPCRUSH.ORG initiative has been fighting to show governments that animal crush video is not “free-speech”. It is actually quite costly to animals, to our children and to our global society. With very limited means, we have reached citizens and groups all over the planet, who have joined our effort. They have aided the forging of two great victories in the United States and Greece to outlaw the videos. Please unite with citizens around the globe in their goal to eradicate the animal crush interest from our world. We owe you our gratitude for taking the time to read this.

Sincerely,
The founders of AELLA(Alliance for Earth, Life, Liberty & Advocation),
the team at STOPCRUSH.ORG
& citizens of the world