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Miami woman arrested for animal torture making illegal 'crush' videos

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Sara Zamora, of Miami, was charged on Friday with eight counts of animal cruelty for torturing and killing small animals while engaging in sexual acts in what is popularly referred to as "crush videos" reported the Miami Herald.

The pornographic video titled "SOS Barn" shows Zamora, 28, starring in the movie decapitating chickens and killing rabbits as she engages in sexual acts.

The police report described the egregious suffering of a chicken and rabbits being decapitated while they screamed in agony.

Miami-Dade prosecutor Jason Pizzo showed a preview of one video to defense attorney Theodore Mastos who admitted the clips he viewed were disgusting. Mastos prosecuted pornography cases during the 1970s.

"Crush videos," named after the women who wear scanty clothing, crush small animals to death with high heels, screwdrivers, knives, and meat cleavers.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) tipped off Miami-Dade Police Department, and Stephanie Bell, the director of cruelty cases for PETA, stated it was "excellent news" after learning of Zamora's arrest.

The disgusting video was filmed at the home of Adam Redford, who is currently on probation for similar animal cruelty charges in Lee County from 2013. He denies any relationship or contact with Zamora.

In 2013, a federal judge dismissed five of seven federal counts against Texas "crush" video defendants Ashley Nicole Richards and Brent Justice citing the charges against the couple violated their free speech clause guaranteed under the First Amendment as justification. One month later, however the two were re-indicted for animal cruelty.

Read more of the story about Ashley Nicole Richards and Brent Justice by clicking here.

Crush videos were criminalized in 1999 making it illegal to create, sell or possess animal torture depictions, however in 2008, the United States Court of Appeals invalidated the ban stating it was a violation of freedom of speech and the law on the books was too broad.

In 2010, President Obama signed the bill which prohibits interstate commerce in animal crush videos.

Zamora was already being held in jail for a previous probation violation and has a record of unrelated crimes. If found guilty of animal cruelty, she faces a maximum sentence of two years for each count.

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