top
From the Open-Publishing Calendar
From the Open-Publishing Newswire
Indybay Feature
Sun Nov 12 2006 (Updated 01/01/07)
Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act Passes; Bush Expected to Sign
Sun Nov 12 2006 (Updated 01/01/07)
AETA Criminalizes and Stiffens Penalties for Animal-Related Activism
Update 11/13: In a late night move on Friday, AETA was added to the House Suspension Calendar for Monday, November 13th. This fast-track maneuver, like the one in the Senate, allowed the House to pass the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act with little discussion or dissent on a voice vote only. Read More

11/12: The House of Representatives is set to vote on a bill known as the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (H.R. 4239) that could stop people from protesting or speaking out about cruelty to animals. While the bill purports to take aim against violent protests, it could also be interpreted to ban even peaceful protests, letter-writing, or leafleting that make those who profit from the use of animals feel “intimidated” or “harassed.” The Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) also threatens to eliminate of the kinds of undercover investigations that have revealed attrocious conditions in laboratories and farms (such as the eye-opening exposés produced by Compassionate Consumers and East Bay Animal Advocates). This law's predecessor, the Animal Enterprise Protection Act of 1992, has already been used to convict the SHAC 7 for maintaining a website that supported campaigns against Huntingdon Life Sciences, a major commerical vivisector. This new law goes even further, providing for legal prosecutions against anyone participating in any non-violent actions that result in "loss of profits" for virtually all "animal enterprises."

The AETA was pushed by those who run farms, circuses, rodeos, and testing labs in order to carve out new legal protections for themselves with new definitions of what can be prosecuted as "terrorism" in America. It already sailed through the Senate (as S3880, co-sponsored by Senators Inhofe and Feinstein), so this is the last chance for those who wish to stop this bill to take action to prevent it from becoming law. The House of Representatives has the bill on their “suspension calendar” as if there is no opposition to it. The vote could take place as early as Monday. The Equal Justice Alliance, a coalition of over 150 animal rights, environmental and legal groups, urges activists of all stripes to stand up for freedom of speech and stop this bill by simply making a phone call to your Representative Monday morning. They say all you have to do is to say this bill goes way too far, and that it needs to be pulled off the suspension calendar.

Read More: 1 | 2 | 3

Analysis of Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act | No AETA - Equal Justice Alliance | Contact Info for Your Congressperson | Congressman Kucinich's statement on the AETA | Congressman McGovern Agrees to Dialogue with Activists

Related Indybay Features and Other Coverage:
New ‘Terrorism’ Laws to Protect Animal Abusers’ Profits | First Member of SHAC 7 Begins Jail Sentence | Are you now or were you ever an enviromentalist? | Lessons from COINTELPRO | War Against Terror, Animal Enterprise Protection Act, and SHAC Convictions | INHOFE INTRODUCES ANIMAL ENTERPRISE TERRORISM ACT | One Struggle, One Fight: SHAC 7 and the Future of Dissent | trial by ordeal:The Modern-Day Witch Hunt | Disposable Lives: How Animal Liberation Can Affect Us All

also: Three cheers for the loss of Senate chairmanship for extreme anti-environmentalist Inhofe | GOP Launches Vicious Attack on Endangered Species | FBI says animal and eco-extremists are now top domestic terror threat | Inhofe labels Iraq prisoners as terrorists, denounces Red Cross
02/23/17 Shortly After Shutdowns of College Speaking Events, Milo Shunned by His Own People Racial Justice | Global Justice and Anti-Capitalism | Education & Student Activism | Central Valley | East Bay | U.S. | Immigrant Rights02/17/17 Santa Cruz DA Won't File Charges Against Police Officer Who Killed Man Holding Garden Rake Police State and Prisons | Health, Housing, and Public Services | Santa Cruz Indymedia02/16/17 Nationwide Ramp-Up of Highly Militarized ICE Raids Includes California's Central Coast Front Page | Police State and Prisons | California | U.S. | Immigrant Rights | Santa Cruz Indymedia02/15/17 Number of Monarchs Overwintering in California Remains Low Front Page | Environment & Forest Defense | California | U.S. | International | Americas | Santa Cruz Indymedia02/15/17 Civil Rights Groups Condemn New York City's Fordham University Ban on SJP Front Page | Education & Student Activism | U.S. | Palestine02/14/17 Safe Drinking Water Exemptions Allow Oil Companies to Dump Waste Fluid Into Aquifers Front Page | Environment & Forest Defense | Central Valley | East Bay | California | Government & Elections | Santa Cruz Indymedia02/13/17 Eight Banks Funding the Dakota Access Pipeline Protested Front Page | Environment & Forest Defense | Racial Justice | Peninsula | U.S.02/13/17 Dam Maintenance Neglected as Governor Brown Promotes Delta Tunnels Front Page | Environment & Forest Defense | Central Valley | California | Government & Elections02/09/17 International Women's General Strike on March 8: Walk Out, March and Demonstrate Front Page | Health, Housing, and Public Services | Labor & Workers | Global Justice and Anti-Capitalism | LGBTI / Queer | Womyn | U.S. | International02/09/17 Public Bank of Oakland Aims to Serve the People, Use Bank’s Profits for Common Good Front Page | Health, Housing, and Public Services | Global Justice and Anti-Capitalism | East Bay | Government & Elections02/08/17 Mayor and City Administrator Bulldoze Homes & Village of Services for Oakland’s Homeless Residents Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Racial Justice | East Bay | Government & Elections
Related Categories: U.S. | Animal Liberation | Environment & Forest Defense | Front Page
Fordham Student Forced into Closed-door Hearing, Leaves in Protest via Palestine Legal Wednesday Feb 22nd 4:54 PM
New Western Monarch and Milkweed Website Launched via The Xerces Society Wednesday Feb 22nd 4:39 PM
Milo Yiannopoulos's Book and Speaking Invitation Canceled Democracy Now! (1 comment) Tuesday Feb 21st 12:26 PM
Fordham Retaliates Against Student for Protesting SJP Ban via Palestine Legal Friday Feb 17th 8:00 PM
Raids on Santa Cruz Immigrant Communities Cause Severe Damage Xirenita (2 comments) Thursday Feb 16th 1:51 AM
Highly Militarized ICE Raids on California's Central Coast No Raids, No Wall (3 comments) Wednesday Feb 15th 5:56 PM
Cook Inlet Gas Pipeline Leak Shows Risks of Offshore Drilling Center for Biological Diversity Wednesday Feb 15th 5:44 PM
107 More Groups Publicly Oppose Serial Executioner Neil Gorsuch For Court Civilrights Dot Org Wednesday Feb 15th 4:52 PM
Trump Voids Dodd-Frank 1504 Transparency Rule Greg Williams Tuesday Feb 14th 1:42 PM
Trump's elite cabinet poised to wage class warfare AsianGreenNews.com (1 comment) Monday Feb 13th 4:58 PM
The Lie of the Civilized Western World Sascha Pommrenke Sunday Feb 12th 5:53 PM
Marchers Hit Up 8 Banks Funding DAPL in Palo Alto R. Robertson (1 comment) Saturday Feb 11th 9:23 PM
The Lie of the Civilized Western World Sascha Pommrenke Saturday Feb 11th 5:54 AM
Impeach Trump Movement Has Started Stop Fascism (1 comment) Saturday Feb 11th 3:40 AM
Monarch Butterfly Population Drops by Nearly One-third Center for Biological Diversity Friday Feb 10th 3:26 PM
GOP leader threatens Berkeley protesters for protesting at Cal Berkeley Lynda Carson (3 comments) Wednesday Feb 8th 9:45 PM
Labor Files Friend of the Court Brief Against Muslim Ban Solidarity Forever Tuesday Feb 7th 8:04 PM
Army Greenlights DAPL Completion Chase Iron Eyes, Lakota People’s Law Project Tuesday Feb 7th 5:45 PM
We cannot let media and social media divide us via Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Tuesday Feb 7th 2:06 PM
International Women's General Strike on March 8: Walk Out, March and Demonstrate Women of America (2 comments) Tuesday Feb 7th 1:43 PM
More News...