A crush fetish is a paraphilia which primarily consists of the desire to see others (generally a desirable potential partner) crush small creatures such as insects, mammals and reptiles. Inanimate objects, such as cigarettes, fruit or toy cars, can also be crush fetish stimuli. The term "crush fetishist" also refers to those who perform the crushing.
Crushing by feet can be the main focus (although other methods are implemented, such as sitting on the target object). The foot (barefoot or in shoes) is thus often idolised in crush erotica such as magazines, audio tapes and crush films.
In 1999, the United States Congress enacted a statute specifically directed at crush films which criminalized the creation, sale and possession of depictions of animal cruelty. In 2008, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit invalidated the ban on the sale and possession of such films (if not otherwise obscene) under the Freedom of Speech Clause of First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Also known as "animal snuff films", crush films are basically footage of small animals such as insects, mammals (especially rodents) and possibly reptiles being crushed (although sometimes inanimate objects such as soft toys or food are used instead). Jeff Vilencia is one known director of crush films, such as Smush!.
These are underground productions which people supposedly buy for sexual pleasure, but due to the pain dealt to animals as a result, these films have been made illegal in some regions. The legality of crush erotica and the actual practice of crushing varies by region. There are currently no known laws forbidding the crushing of objects and insects, however the production or trade of crush erotica involving live vertebrates is condemned by animal rights activists and is illegal in many countries, including the United States and Great Britain.
As witnessed on online message boards and chat rooms, crush fetishists usually take a firm stance for or against what they define as hard crush (crush erotica containing the death and torture of animals)..
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3. ^ IMDB. Smush. (accessed 4 May 2006)
4. ^ Hearing before the subcommittee on crime, of the committee on the judiciary (United States) House of Representatives. Punishing Depictions of Animal Cruelty and the Federal Prisoner Health Care Co-Payment Act of 1999. (accessed 4 May 2006)