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In case you haven't heard, President Trump signed the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act (PACT Act) into law. The PACT Act makes animal cruelty a felony offense and bans the creation and distribution of animal crushing content.

I honestly am very happy about this, as I, and probably many others, believe no act of cruelty or harm against anyone is ever protected by the 1st Amendment.

Anyways, as a result, we have updated the ToS for all of our websites and have updated the rules of this Poal sub to ban animal cruelty and animal crushing content. And we encourage many other companies and websites to do the same.

In case you haven't heard, President Trump signed the [Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act (PACT Act)](https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/724/text) into law. The PACT Act makes animal cruelty a felony offense and bans the creation and distribution of animal crushing content. I honestly am very happy about this, as I, and probably many others, believe no act of cruelty or harm against anyone is ever protected by the 1st Amendment. Anyways, as a result, we have updated the [ToS for all of our websites](https://sandiamesa.com/tos/) and have updated the rules of this Poal sub to ban animal cruelty and animal crushing content. And we encourage many other companies and websites to do the same.

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What BS. The law is clear enough and Poal just expanded the law. Why? Because it butt hurts someone's morals?

Every speech butt hurts someone's morals.

The new Poal policy goes well beyond the law too.

[–] seanking2919 [OP] 1 point (+1|-0) (edited )

The decision we made for our Poal sub was not made by Poal themselves. This decision was made entirely by we at Sandia Mesa for our sub on this website and we believe it is reasonable to comply with the new PACT Act, as it makes what are clearly and incontrovertibly dangerous and immoral acts that infringe on the safety of others unlawful.

This is not a ban on any speech or expression protected by the 1st Amendment whatsoever simply because it butt hurts someone's morals. We're talking about animal cruelty and animal crushing.

Are cartoons of the road runner crushing Wil-E with an anvil illegal now?

That's not the point of this ban at all. There's a huge difference between a cartoon and real life. Perhaps, if you read the new law we're doing this ban in compliance with, you would understand this.

And the law has exceptions .... if you don't understand I cannot fix it.

And the 1st Amendment has exceptions as to what is protected, which has been decided by the U.S. Supreme Court over time. If you cannot understand that, I'm sorry that your brain is so small.

Hypothetical: Content is posted showing real life illegal activity (not cartoons, hunting, etc). Identity of poster is subpoenaed. The canary dies.

Does this mean we can't share game hunting / wingshooting footage?

What if someone accidently hits a deer with their car, can they send the pic?

Does this extend to fishing?

This does not mean that we can't share game hunting/wingshooting footage. As according to the PACT Act, the definition of animal crushing is "actual conduct in which one or more living non-human mammals, birds, reptiles, or amphibians is purposely crushed, burned, drowned, suffocated, impaled, or otherwise subjected to serious bodily injury (as defined in section 1365 and including conduct that, if committed against a person and in the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States, would violate section 2241 or 2242)" And one of the exceptions listed under Section 2d (of the law) is "hunting, trapping, fishing, a sporting activity not otherwise prohibited by Federal law, predator control, or pest control".

Sheeeeit. The sub's sidebar calls this a Phuks sub: Welcome to the official Sandia Mesa Animation Studios Phuks sub! This is where you can talk about not just My Little Hood, Sandia Mesa Political Cartoons, but also share your creative works for others to see, post some dank memes, and.... What am I to tell you what to do here? Just make sure it's awesome, interesting, dank and/or funny.

Yes, we will correct that quickly. Again, this is not a ban on any speech or expression protected by the 1st Amendment. It is simply a ban on acts that clearly and incontrovertibly infringe on the safety of others.

wrong

you are banning CONTENT ... that's free speech limiting

[–] seanking2919 [OP] 0 point (+0|-0) (edited )

Yeah. Imagine how very oh-so well what you're saying would go if you were saying that banning child porn and bestiality is "limiting free speech." I'd imagine you'd get shunned very quickly and would be blasted as insane by every civil and sane person.