26 Feb '15, 1am

Are Animal Rights Activists Really Terrorists?

Are Animal Rights Activists Really Terrorists?

In 2006 the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) was created, a law which meant that animal rights activists could now be charged under terrorism laws for causing property damage or impacting the profit lines of animal businesses if they used “interstate commerce” (such as the internet or cell phones) to carry out the action. The law replaced the 1992 Animal Enterprise Protection Act, in a move to counteract some of the tactics animal rights campaigners were using. Kevin Johnson and Tyler Lang have both been charged under the AETA for the release of around 2,000 foxes and mink and damage to property on fur farms in Illinois. Due to the increased sentencing for a terrorism offence, they are facing 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. On February 26 they have a court hearing to challenge the legality of AETA , stating that it’s a violation of the U.S. constitution. What...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/are-animal-rights-activists-r...

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