- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 21, 2006

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A DVD featuring violent pit-bull fights has prompted protests against the distributor and several online merchants that had been peddling the digital video disc, which may break federal laws against animal cruelty.

In response to inquiries this week by the Associated Press, Amazon.com, Circuit City Stores and Best Buy said they would pull the video, “Hood Fights, Vol. 2,” from their Web sites as soon as possible.

As of late Tuesday, the DVD was still being sold on online auctioneer EBay Inc. Several hours after being contacted by the AP, an EBay spokeswoman said the San Jose, Calif.-based company intended to remove all listings for the DVD.

The DVD also contains scenes of men brawling, but the pit-bull sequences have provoked the loudest outcry.

The Humane Society of United States has asked U.S. Attorney Roger Roper III in Dallas to investigate whether the video violates a federal law against interstate or foreign commerce profiting from the depiction of animal cruelty. The DVD was released in April by a Texas-based Web site, streetheatdvd.com.

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