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Texas Couple Indicted; First Case in U.S. History Dealing With Gruesome Sexual Animal Mutilations and Killings
November 29, 2012
Contact:David Perle 202-483-7382
Houston -- Just
three months after PETA's Emergency Response Team—along with valuable
assistance from the Animal Beta Project—uncovered and shut down a major
international "crush" video cell operating out of Houston, the
suspects have been indicted by a federal grand jury for creating and
distributing the videos. Both 51-year-old Brent Justice and 22-year-old Ashley
Nicole Richards are now in federal custody. This is the first time that a
"crush" case has resulted in federal charges in the United States
because of the difficulty of tracing sex crimes on the Internet.
historic charges send a stern warning to anyone who mutilates and kills animals
for sexual gratification," says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna
Nachminovitch. "PETA is grateful to Houston and federal authorities and to
the citizen who first alerted us to these atrocious videos. We hope this case
inspires everyone to immediately report animal abuse whenever it occurs."
After PETA was
tipped off by a concerned citizen in August and alerted the authorities, it
took only 48 hours before Justice and Richards were arrested. PETA had obtained
dozens of the fetish videos, in which Richards tortures and kills
animals—including a puppy, kittens, a rabbit, mice, a pigeon, fish, lobsters,
crabs, and more—with high heels, a meat cleaver, knives, screwdrivers, pliers,
and other devices. "Crush" videos—which depict women stomping animals
to death to satisfy the twisted sexual fetishes of those who watch them—violate
a federal law that prohibits the production, sale, and marketing of such
videos, rightly labeled "obscene" by lawmakers.
admitted to killing countless animals—up to two per day—over the years.
Richards and Justice were both charged in August with violations of Texas'
anti-cruelty statute stemming from videos made in 2010, one of which depicts
Richards binding and gagging a kitten with masking tape and then stomping and
crushing the animal, putting her high-heeled shoe through the kitten's eye. A
second video shows Richards killing a pit bull puppy by using a meat cleaver to
hack off his leg and tail and a knife to slash his neck and cut into his leg.
Justice faces a charge under the same state statute for filming Richards as she
killed the puppy with a knife.
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