Moby checked in with fans on his blog at MySpace (@moby) on Tuesday (April 20), reacting to a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. The vegan artist writes:
The Supreme Court today ruled to allow the sale of videos showing animals being tortured. Oddly the only dissenter was Justice Alito, who is normally quite right wing and conservative:
So let me ask a question: in the United States it is illegal to torture animals. But now it’s legal to sell and distribute videos showing animal torture, which is a criminal activity. so, the question is: what about videos of other criminal activities? If it’s legal to sell a videotape of an animal being tortured (which is a criminal act) how can anyone argue, now that precedent has been established, that it should be illegal to sell a videotape of a human being tortured? Wouldn’t that also now be protected as ‘free speech’? And what about pedophilia? Torturing humans and having sex with children are both illegal, but the Supreme Court has now ruled that it’s ok to sell videos of criminal acts, so I guess they’re condoning the sale of video of humans being tortured and video of sex with children?