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CITE

    18 USC Sec. 48                                              01/05/2009

EXPCITE

    TITLE 18 - CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE
    PART I - CRIMES
    CHAPTER 3 - ANIMALS, BIRDS, FISH, AND PLANTS

HEAD

    Sec. 48. Depiction of animal cruelty

STATUTE

      (a) Creation, Sale, or Possession. - Whoever knowingly creates,
    sells, or possesses a depiction of animal cruelty with the
    intention of placing that depiction in interstate or foreign
    commerce for commercial gain, shall be fined under this title or
    imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both.
      (b) Exception. - Subsection (a) does not apply to any depiction
    that has serious religious, political, scientific, educational,
    journalistic, historical, or artistic value.
      (c) Definitions. - In this section -
        (1) the term "depiction of animal cruelty" means any visual or
      auditory depiction, including any photograph, motion-picture
      film, video recording, electronic image, or sound recording of
      conduct in which a living animal is intentionally maimed,
      mutilated, tortured, wounded, or killed, if such conduct is
      illegal under Federal law or the law of the State in which the
      creation, sale, or possession takes place, regardless of whether
      the maiming, mutilation, torture, wounding, or killing took place
      in the State; and
        (2) the term "State" means each of the several States, the
      District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin
      Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern
      Mariana Islands, and any other commonwealth, territory, or
      possession of the United States.

SOURCE

    (Added Pub. L. 106-152, Sec. 1(a), Dec. 9, 1999, 113 Stat. 1732.)
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