The AETA, Yes It’s Still There!

The AETA (Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act)

Activists filed Federal lawsuit claiming they want to protest but they are afraid they might be prosecuted……… “The five plaintiffs, all animal rights activists, filed the lawsuit to receive guidance on their plans for future protest activity. The plaintiffs want to lawfully protest animal abuse, but fear being criminally prosecuted under AETA for their protests.

In rejecting the plaintiff’s right to bring the action, Chief Judge Lynch held that the plaintiffs had failed to allege an objectively reasonable chill on their First Amendment rights, and therefore had failed to establish an injury-in-fact. The court held that until the protestors have actually protested, the plaintiffs do not have standing to have a court determine whether the AETA’s restrictions on protests may be enforced.”

The Federal Court case was then later appealed and the Plaintiffs lost.  They then attempted to file an appeal on this to the United States Supreme Court. The Court did not hear this, as most cases are not heard, but many professors believe that the AETA would not do so well in a challenge.  Such challenge has not been moved forward in Court to this day.   government-see-website-3

The Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA), 18 U.S.C. § 43, is a federal law

Let’s just say this, would-be protesters claimed they were fearful of protesting lest they be arrested for breaking the AETA??? This was their way to trying to challenge the AETA law.  WELL– Federal Judge shot them down….The five plaintiffs, all animal rights activists, filed the lawsuit to receive guidance on their plans for future protest activity. The plaintiffs want to lawfully protest animal abuse, but fear being criminally prosecuted under AETA for their protests. In rejecting the plaintiff’s right to bring the action, Chief Judge Lynch held that the plaintiffs had failed to allege an objectively reasonable chill on their First Amendment rights, and therefore had failed to establish an injury-in-fact. The court held that until the protestors have actually protested, the plaintiffs do not have standing to have a court determine whether the AETA’s restrictions on protests may be enforced.

It always amazes me that people like Julie and the activists are more worried about the rights of extremists rather than the legitimate business people who are licensed and regulated from top to bottom.

In their America today, people who pay taxes and put people to work are not to enjoy the protections of our constitution. I realize this is not a fashionable statement in some circles but animals do NOT have rights. Human beings and citizens of this great country have unalienable rights as guaranteed by our constitution and founding fathers. It IS, however, our duty to treat animals under our control humanely. I, for one, firmly believe in animal welfare, not animal rights. If the welfare laws are insufficient, work to change them – not put people out of work for subscribing to lawful practices.
If animals have rights as the activists suggest, that would then mean that they have the ability to think, reason and understand. They would then have to be held accountable for doing something wrong (aka., breaking laws.) Sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it? I mean, if a dog is allowed to then urinate on your yard without breaking an ordinance, how about your neighbor?
Think about it people

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Really now? The protesters are in fear? WELL that is how ALL animal owners, farmers, ranchers, and others that have and USE animals in their lives feel. WE spend our days not knowing if an acceptable practice today will be declared illegal tomorrow. WE spend our lives in fear of the “knock on the door” or the stranger wanting to “see” our animals. MOST of us are good caring animal owners yet that does not stop these protesters from vilifying and attempting and in many cases succeeding in destroying our hard work and our animals. SO I HOPE that these protesters who really KNOW NOTHING about ethical animal husbandry do wonder and fear. They do nothing but destroy the very industries that keep them alive. Without animals and farmers we would not eat. Farmers ranchers, breeders, and pet owners support the economy of this country. THOSE protesters just TAKE! Protect the ones really needing protection animal owners/users NOT the big mouth crybabies that just don’t like what we are doing

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