Pending Federal Charges — AETA– on California AR Activists

“animal rights activists charged under the animal enterprise terrorism act”

If you thought AR activists don’t go to jail under AETA charges— in fact, they do.  (Text of AETA 18 U.S. Code Sect.43)

While not widely used, the AETA law is unlikely to be removed. Challenges by the AR fanatics, despite their constitutional ‘wha wha’ (crybaby moan/groan)– are usually based on claiming they have standing to sue when they do not. Since Federal Courts require standing in order to mount a claim, ARs have difficulty in challenging the AETA unless they have been directly affected and have a personal stake in the outcome.  The two kids mentioned in the above link were caught with enough evidence such that they went to jail… they just happened to have cammo clothing, wire cutters and whatever you would need to release minks into the wild and out of the mink farm it appears.

As can be seen by the information given on the site, the one kid does not get the privileges of prison. According to what they wrote, he doesn’t get what he wants. Well, maybe he should have thought about it before joining up with the Sea Shepherd people. Unfortunately, kids like this (vegan from age 14, etc) usually become lifers of AR methods. Most will do whatever they think they can get away with. They will be likely trailed for the rest of their lives by the government.

2013 NY City Bar Assoc Tries to get ABA House of Delegates to Endorese Repeal of AETA

IN an attempt to weaken the government’s ability to go after animal liberation and ecoterrorists, the New York City Bar Assn. submitted a resolution to the American Bar Assn.’s (ABA) House of Delegates at the ABA annual meeting Aug. 12 calling on ABA to endorse Congress to repeal the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA), and in the meantime push the U.S. Department of Justice to cease enforcing the law.

Steve Kopperud, executive vice president, Policy Directions Inc., a Washington, D.C., government relations firm and coordinator of the Farm Animal Welfare Coalition (FAWC), explained a “coordinated opposition from ag, biomed, entertainment/education users of animals convinced the NYC Bar, in the face of likely defeat, to withdraw the resolution from the ABA House of Delegates.” FAWC membership includes major national farm, feed and animal agriculture associations, and coordinated agriculture’s push for the AETA in 2006.

Kopperud explained the law has been carefully drafted and amended to still allow for free speech rights, including advisement from the American Civil Liberties Union to Congress in the writing of the law in order to not override existing case law.

Will Coggin, senior research analyst at the Center for Consumer Freedom, said the original resolution was very aggressive in that it would have called on Congress to repeal the entire section of the law relating to AETA. Also, until the repeal happened, the resolution called on DOJ and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to stop upholding the law.

“This would have had serious consequences in the agriculture, pet store, biomedical and fur trade industries,” Coggin said. “If the FBI stopped enforcing AETA, it would embolden animal activists to do more illegal acts.”

Coggin said he expects that another resolution will come up at the next ABA meeting scheduled for February, but possibly with a more narrowly tailored approach. Kopperud said it’s likely the NYC Bar realized going for a full repeal was “unrealistic” and now will draft amendments to the statute and bring them back in February at the ABA’s midyear meeting in Chicago for House of Delegates’ endorsement.

Originally known as the Animal Enterprise Protection Act of 1992, it was upgraded in 2006 when Congress passed AETA, which followed the arrests of animal activists with New Jersey-based Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) a group opposed to necessary research involving animals.

According to the FBI, Stop Huntingdon’s tactics included death threats and computer attacks to target not just Huntingdon Life Sciences, a pharmaceutical research company, but affiliate companies, their employees and family members. AETA gives federal law enforcement authorities more power to go after animal liberation terrorists and other radical activists who resort to violence.

The Center for Consumer Freedom noted that, in 2013 alone, animal rights terrorists have attempted firebombing a police car in Vancouver, Wash.; hacked a business in New York; vandalized a fur store in San Diego, Cal.; burglarized a mink farm in Idaho, and freed pheasants from a farm in Riverside, Cal., an action that resulted in the deaths of several animals.