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Name: People Thomason
Case #: B139424
Opinion Date: 11/14/2000
Court: CA Court of Appeal
District 2 DCA
Division: 7
Citation: 84 Cal.App.4th 1064

Penal Code section 597, subdivision (a), which prohibits cruelty to animals,applies to rodents, even though they are animals which may be killed at any time as a health hazard. It is one thing to trap or poison a health hazard; it is still another to make “crush” videos in which the animals are slowly maimed, mutilated, and tortured until death for the purpose of making and selling videos to arouse fetishists.