WARNING: This talks about cruelty to animals in a way not appropriate for young children.
Things happen in the dark corners of life that most of us do not want to know about. Crush Films are one of those things. Most of us like to think animal torture and cruelty like I will describe only happens in countries such as China, but I assure you, this bizarre fetish is something that exists in the United States, the United Kingdom, and yes, even Canada.
Please, do not continue reading if you are at all sensitive to crimes against animals and are under age. This is not a pretty subject.
In a typical Crush film, a woman, often wearing stiletto high heeled shoes, crushes various things such as dolls or food, and even stomps, kicks, or crushes animals to death. Typically the animals are insects and frogs, but more and more often they are cute and innocent kittens, rabbits, chicks, and so forth.
As of the time of writing this, July 2009, there are no laws against the crushing to death of live invertebrates (animals without a back bone, such as insects, snails, etc.). It was only in 1999 that the United States criminalized creating or owning films showing killing of what we call higher lifeforms (those with backbones). Worse still in 2008 the law was challenged under the Freedom of Speech clause in the First Amendment to the US Constitution. Oral arguments in the case are likely to be heard later in the fall of 2009.
You can follow the story of The United States vs. Stevens here.
In the films the woman may start out by playing with the animal, only to turn and stomp on it.
Believe it or not, these films are seen as being sexual in nature, and are considered a turn-on for some individuals. The psychology of why some men, or even women, are attracted to this is perverse and not easily understood. Chances are if a person enjoys these fetishes they are not going to seek professional mental help to understand or deal with it.
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It has been suspected that the women in the films are often coerced or forced into it. In fact investigations have found this to be true when some rings of film production have been broken up. The women are often drug users, young girls, and those with nobody to care for them. Even if the woman was a willing participant, the animal clearly was not.
It is interesting to note that there is another level of films, known as “Snuff Films” in which people are the victims. To which I will add that many serial killers have stated that they began by torturing and killing “Free to good home” pets, then progressing to humans. Very likely crush films open the door to a mans desire to explore watching a human being the victim and will seek out snuff films to satisfy those urges.
Causes and Warning Signs
Parents should watch for warning signs in their children. As with serial killers who later killed other peoples pets, many also killed their own pets, often while living at home as children with their parents.
It is not uncommon for a parent to observe a child becoming interested with killing insects. Some times parents even encourage children to crush insects, rewarding them for stepping on a spider or ant that has entered their home. Clearly only a small portion of children grow up to have crush fetishes, but if there is nay chance that parenting can be a contributing factor, it should be addressed. A boy who spends too much time fascinating over watching an animal suffer might be one who should be quickly taught lessons of compassion.
Other concerns have been raised that the enjoyment of these films is linked to a mans desire to see a woman in the position of power over life, stealing it away from the innocent, preferring the death to be slow, torturous, and drawn out in the process, then continuing as if nothing unusual happened. Suspected causes of this are young boys watching their mothers squish bugs under foot then continuing on. This is almost the reverse of the above, the child is enthralled at how callous his mother is about killing the bug, a creature that perhaps the child had compassion for.
Either way, the end result is the same, animals are being killed for the sexual perversion of a few individuals, and it is wrong.
Links to Other Poorly Known Animal Cruelty Situations