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President Barack Obama on Thursday signed into law a bill that outlaws the creation and distribution of so-called animal crush videos — culminating a remarkably quick response to a Supreme Court decision handed down less than eight months ago.

It was April 20 when the Court, in United States v. Stevens, struck down an earlier federal law that banned a more broadly defined category of depictions of animal cruelty. The Court found that law to be “substantially overbroad” and therefore unconstitutional under the First Amendment, because it could apply to hunting and fishing videos and other legitimate depictions.

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