The Cruelty of Crush Videos


Crush Videos, or ‘animal snuff movies’, are videos of animal cruelty showing innocent animals, including puppies, kittens, and other companion animals, being slowly crushed to death, often under the feet of women, for the sexual pleasure of sick individuals.

There are terms to describe the torture these films inflict on certain classes of animals. for example:

  • Hard Crush are videos where larger animals are crushed to death for sexual gratification. Larger animals include Birds, Reptiles and Mammals
  • Soft Crush are videos where smaller animals are crushed to death. For example invertebrates

Crush videos have been made for many years. Unfortunately, the downside of the internet and social media means it is impossible to stop the visibility and publication of such acts.

“Animal torture videos” would be a more accurate name, as not only do such videos involve torturing animals by slowly crushing their bodies, bit by bit, but they involve every other kind of animal torture conceivable, including burning or boiling animals alive. The aim is to cause the animal as much agony as possible.


What Happens In These Videos

The image below is a still from a crush video. It depicts dogs chained up and being stood on.

I cannot understand this. It must be one of the most degrading acts human can do!

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Image: Stills from crush videos where innocent animals are tortured for the ‘pleasure’ of sick fetishists

Where are these peoples’ Compassion? Empathy? Soul? Such videos are available online if anyone looks in the ‘right’ places, and on the black market for around $60. This ‘industry’ generate hundreds of thousands of pounds a year! Just think about that for a minute!

Is this the price these sick and twisted people put on an innocent animals life?

Who knows what makes these people like such torture? Apparently those with this sick fetish actually fantasize that they are the ones that are being crushed.

This begs the obvious question: Why don’t they take part in the video’s themselves instead of the poor defenseless animals?

The films are about 20 minutes long. The woman dishing out the torture is filmed from the legs down and inflicts slow torture by breaking the animals’ bones, slashing them open with sharp stilettos, poking their eyes out and other horrendous acts of wanton cruelty and violence.

The videos end by the animals being crushed to death beneath the stiletto or by being sat on.

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Image: An Innocent Kitten Being Prepared to be Crushed


Image: Innocent Kitten Getting Crushed


I will quote from another page I read whilst researching this page: “These animals suffer fear, confusion, and horrible pain at the hands of
these vile people. The ones who watch and obtain sexual gratification
are just as culpable because they drive the demand. We should never turn
our backs to any kind of torture, murder, and abuse.”

I couldn’t agree with this statement more. These sick people need to be stopped NOW!

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Legal Status

The Legal Status of Crush Videos vary by region, but more shockingly, by animal category!

The production or trade of these sick videos depicting Vertebrates (Animals with a backbone) is illegal in many countries such as the UK and the USA. Unfortunately it is not illegal in all countries.

In the US there were lots of legal arguments about things like exceptions to the illegal status of such videos. For example, there was an argument about how such videos should be exempt from prosecution if they were produced for religious or artistic value.

Of course that was a stupid argument and in 2010 the bill was signed by President Obama confirming the criminalisation of such videos.

The most shocking discovery of all is the fact that there are no laws preventing Invertibrates (Animals without a backbone) from Animal Snuff Videos!

Despite the ruling in the US, the nature of the internet makes ending crush videos very difficult. There are lots of technical tricks online which blur the application of the law and also makes tracking these monsters so difficult.


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Applying the Law

In 2002, the UK recorded its first crush video case. A man and 3 women from the Stoke-on-Trent area pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges and conspiracy to publish obscene material.

They were making making videos of animals being tortured and killed.

Craig Chapman, 27, Christine Besford, 25, Sarah Cooke, 21, and Theraza Smallwood, 22, pleaded guilty to crushing a kitten, a guinea pig and a number of mice

I don’t know what sentence they received, but I hope it was a long one. Lets not forget this is the type of thing they were doing:

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Image: The Remains Of A Baby Rabbit

The prosecution rate in the USA for producing these videos is still low today. The first case in the US was brought against Thomas Capriola, a 27 year old from Long Island.

Police raided the home he shared with his mother and found an aquarium full of mice and several pairs of women’s shoes with blood and guts all over them.

The quote below from the Guardian Newspaper shows what lengths the producers will go to – to make money:

“An undercover investigator who managed to penetrate a ring was asked to crush a dog and was given step-by-step instructions on how to carry out torture that would last 90 minutes before the animal actually died, in order to produce a ‘feature length’ film that could be sold for a higher price”

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The Best Way To Report Crush Films Seen Online

As with all evidence of animal cruelty uploaded on the internet, it is important to report crush videos shown on the web to the correct place instead of complaining to the website.

This is so that the evidence can be investigated with an aim to prosecutions being brought. Many people complain to the website, not realising that if the video evidence is taken off the website, there is no longer the evidence available to have them prosecuted.

Please see how to report videos showing animal cruelty you see on the web, including in crush films, on this page: Online Animal Cruelty Videos: The best Way To Report Them.

Other things you can do to help stop this cruelty include:

  • Check what you are about to watch. Do not contribute to the viewing figures. Stop watching the video when you realise it is a crush video.
  • Download the video to your computer and send it with the URL to or DO NOT complain to the website as directed above
  • If such a video is linked to MySpace or Facebook, for example, alert the Website Support team in addition to the proper authorities.

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Want To Help Stop This?

Humanity is depraved, and these videos are up there with the most sickening things anyone could ever do.

We can all talk about how terrible these acts are, but words alone will not help stop the senseless cruelty that is inflicted on poor defenseless animals every day.

Stand up and be counted! Sign petitions against all types of animal cruelty. Report any evidence you stumble across to the right authorities. do not let these scumbags get away with it!

If you would like to find organisations needing your action and support to fight against a specific type of cruelty, enter the type of cruelty you want to help stop (for example “Stop Crush Videos”) into a search engine online, or search bar on social media.
Search through a fundraising search engine so you can raise money to help animals with every search.

One organisation is Stop Crush


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How You Can Help Stop Animal Cruelty

On this site there are many varied ways you can help stop animal cruelty, and there are ways that will suit everyone, no matter what your personality.

If you would like to learn more about why we so urgently need to help stop animal suffering, please have a look at the Types Of Animal Cruelty section of this site. It will allow you to broaden your knowledge of many different types of animal abuse that happens in the world.

Sadly, what you will find is only the tip of the iceberg, but do not worry, because in the Help Stop Animal Cruelty section of this site, you can find a large and varied choice of ways that you can help stop the suffering. Have a look and see what ways would most suit you.

Help animals further by sharing the ways to stop animal cruelty you learn with other people and on social media. Doing this could mean more people help stop the cruelty, and therefore you are responsible for more animals being saved from suffering.

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