Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act Signed Into Law: Big Business Gets an Early Christmas Present: First Amendment Rights Take a Hit as Government Grows

Those businesses that profit off the pain of animals got an early Christmas present. Written by and for those businesses.

As I’ve said before, even if you don’t support animal rights in anyway, this law represents the growth of government and an intrusion on first amendment rights. It’s funny how the republicans are now the party of big, intrusive government.

Unfortunately, Feinstein and other so-called liberal democrats were fully behind this bill. Why? Well, they benefit from the profits of those businesses that test on animals as well. Remember, politicians in Washington are big business no matter the party. And they all live off of campaign contributions.

For more on the draconian Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act see: http://geari.blogspot.com/2006/11/house-passes-animal-


Animal Terrorism Act Signed Into Law


11/27/06 11:20 PST

Sen. Dianne Feinstein announced today that President Bush signed into law the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, a bill that can potentially criminalize interference with an "animal enterprise," including interference with commercial and academic institutions that may use animals for testing or research.

According to Feinstein's office, universities and research facilities such as the University of California San Francisco campus have been targeted by animal activist groups, causing them to spend more than $2.5 million dollars to increase security at their research facilities.

Dr. Elliot Katz, veterinarian and founder of In Defense of Animals, says the law unfairly targets animal rights activists by placing restrictions on their protests not placed on protests conducted by other groups.

"I am proud to be an activist," said Katz, "I am not a terrorist."

Katz said, "The bill reads: if you do something illegal that affects the economics of a company then you can be punished."

Katz said he fears this may include actions such as civil disobedience.

According to Feinstein's office, the law "establishes graded penalties of up to life imprisonment, depending on the financial damage or level of bodily injury caused by such conduct."

Feinstein says the law "confronts these threats in a manner that gives due protections under the First Amendment."

Katz disagrees.

"This law proves that industries are profiting from animals and they don't want to lose the profits that they make on the backs of animals," he said. "They want to intimidate people who care about other species."

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