18 U.S.C. § 48 : US Code - Section 48: Animal crush videos

      (a) Definition. - In this section the term "animal crush video"
    means any photograph, motion-picture film, video or digital
    recording, or electronic image that - 
        (1) depicts actual conduct in which 1 or more living non-human
      mammals, birds, reptiles, or amphibians is intentionally 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
        (2) is obscene.

      (b) Prohibitions. - 
        (1) Creation of animal crush videos. - It shall be unlawful for
      any person to knowingly create an animal crush video, if - 
          (A) the person intends or has reason to know that the animal
        crush video will be distributed in, or using a means or
        facility of, interstate or foreign commerce; or
          (B) the animal crush video is distributed in, or using a
        means or facility of, interstate or foreign commerce.

        (2) Distribution of animal crush videos. - It shall be unlawful
      for any person to knowingly sell, market, advertise, exchange, or
      distribute an animal crush video in, or using a means or facility
      of, interstate or foreign commerce.

      (c) Extraterritorial Application. - Subsection (b) shall apply to
    the knowing sale, marketing, advertising, exchange, distribution,
    or creation of an animal crush video outside of the United States,
    if - 
        (1) the person engaging in such conduct intends or has reason
      to know that the animal crush video will be transported into the
      United States or its territories or possessions; or
        (2) the animal crush video is transported into the United
      States or its territories or possessions.

      (d) Penalty. - Any person who violates subsection (b) shall be
    fined under this title, imprisoned for not more than 7 years, or
    both.
      (e) Exceptions. - 
        (1) In general. - This section shall not apply with regard to
      any visual depiction of - 
          (A) customary and normal veterinary or agricultural husbandry
        practices;
          (B) the slaughter of animals for food; or
          (C) hunting, trapping, or fishing.

        (2) Good-faith distribution. - This section shall not apply to
      the good-faith distribution of an animal crush video to - 
          (A) a law enforcement agency; or
          (B) a third party for the sole purpose of analysis to
        determine if referral to a law enforcement agency is
        appropriate.

      (f) No Preemption. - Nothing in this section shall be construed
    to preempt the law of any State or local subdivision thereof to
    protect animals.