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Disinformation :: Fight the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act
The Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) (S.3880) defines as “terrorism” causing any business classified as an “animal enterprise” (e.g., factory farms, fur farms, vivisection labs, rodeos, zoos and circuses) to suffer a profit loss and is punishable by a long prison sentence — even if the company’s financial decline is caused by peaceful protests, boycotts, media campaigns or leafleting. Defining non-violent activist tactics that cause exploitive corporations to lose profit but don’t physically hurt anyone as “terrorism” is both a deceptive misapplication of a serious termand a completely unacceptable violation of our Constitutionally-granted First Amendment rights to freedom of speech. Industry groups pushed the AETA through Congress quickly and with little public scrutiny.

The AETA was unanimously passed in the Senate on September 29th and on November 13th it was passed in the House with only 5 Representatives voting. President Bush signed the AETA into law on November 27th.

Read the full text of the bill
here.
As a member of the Equal Justice Alliance, LCA was very vocal in our opposition to this terrible bill. We will continue to work very closely with the alliance, our lawyers and our lobbyist in Washington, DC to strategize on how we can fight this unconstitutional bill.

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3 Comments to “Disinformation :: Fight the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act”

  1. […] I saw this piece about the new “Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act” on Richard Bluestein’s site. The Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) (S.3880) defines as “terrorismâ€? causing any business classified as an “animal enterpriseâ€? (e.g., factory farms, fur farms, vivisection labs, rodeos, zoos and circuses) to suffer a profit loss and is punishable by a long prison sentence — even if the company’s financial decline is caused by peaceful protests, boycotts, media campaigns or leafleting. […]

  2. […] I saw this piece about the new unanimously passed “Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act” on Richard Bluestein’s site. The Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) (S.3880) defines as “terrorismâ€? causing any business classified as an “animal enterpriseâ€? (e.g., factory farms, fur farms, vivisection labs, rodeos, zoos and circuses) to suffer a profit loss and is punishable by a long prison sentence — even if the company’s financial decline is caused by peaceful protests, boycotts, media campaigns or leafleting. […]

  3. Stacy says:

    State guaranteed profit is called communism in America. This is the first step toward effectively outlawing non-consumption. Even a diet will soon be against the law as it directly attacks the profit margin of “fast food enterprises.”