YouTube Sued Over Animal Abuse Videos, Not Enforcing Ban

The New York Times reports that the non-profit organization Lady Freethinker has filed a lawsuit in California Superior Court in Santa Clara against YouTube, claiming breach of contract under the company’s user agreement and community guidelines by allowing animal abuse videos to be uploaded and failing to remove them when notified. The Times article also reports that Lady Freethinker sent a letter to the Justice Department the same day the lawsuit was filed, accusing YouTube of aiding and abetting the violation of the federal anti-Animal Crushing law, 18 U.S. Code § 48. The Digest’s attempts to contact Lady Freethinker and the Santa Clara court to obtain a copy of the complaint have been unsuccessful so far.