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The availability of ‘animal crush’ content has created a cat-and-mouse subculture of attention-seeking animal abusers and the web sleuths who suss them out

Those who make animal torture videos can escalate from bugs, to mice, and then eventually larger domesticated pets, experts say.
Those who make animal torture videos can escalate from bugs, to mice, and then eventually larger domesticated pets, experts say.

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  • “Animal crush” videos are an extreme version of violent porn shared online where animals are filmed being tortured and killed.

  • These graphic videos break animal cruelty laws, as well as federal “animal crush” distribution statutes.

  • Animal crush videos are nothing new, but a recent case involving an Indiana woman peaked an web sleuth movement where animal advocates around the world worked long hours to track her down.¬†

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Editor’s Note:¬†This story contains graphic details about animal abuse and cruelty.

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