received form win animal rights in new york

Note from WAR: We have heard from good sources, that the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, is being "fast-tracked" with the help of the white house and at the urging of the lobbying groups that represent all of the animal exploitation industries (pharmaceutical, biomedical, agribusiness, furriers, hospitality, tourism and entertainment). The list of groups and companies promoting this legislation include all of the most notorious targets of the animal rights movement including Huntingdon Life Sciences, Covance, Charles River Labs, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Roche and Wyeth.

If you have never made a call to your legislator, now is the time to get on the phone. If you need help finding your senators or congressperson, let us know and we will help you. Write to us at:  centcom@war-online.org

Also, if you donate to one of the large animal advocacy groups that have been silent on this issue, please contact then NOW and urge them to make a strong statement against this bill. Calls are especially needed to those groups that specialize in legislative action.

This bill has the potential to send effective activists to jail....labeled as terrorists....for many years. We must stop this bill, for the animals and for ourselves.
ACT NOW: FEDERAL LEGISLATION
LABELS ACTIVISM AS “TERRORISM”

The Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act is currently pending in Congress, and industry groups are doing their best to push it through quickly and with little public scrutiny, Patriot Act style, before Fall recess.
Please act now to make sure that the War on Terrorism, and the tragedy of 9/11, isn’t used to push a political agenda and silence dissent.


The Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act expands the Animal Enterprise Protection Act of 1992. Supporters say it is meant to stem illegal actions taken against controversial animal enterprises, or any company that does business with an animal enterprise. But the sweeping language in the bill goes much, much further.

* AETA labels the tactics of Martin Luther King and Gandhi as “terrorism.” It spells out penalties for “an offense involving exclusively a nonviolent physical obstruction of an animal enterprise or a business having a connection to, or relationship with, an animal enterprise, that may result in loss of profits but does not result in bodily injury…” In other words, a terrorism law includes nonviolent civil disobedience.

* AETA risks the prosecution of undercover investigators, whistle-blowers and other activists as “terrorists.” It defines “economic damage” as including “the loss of profits.” The extremely vague and overly broad language in the bill puts all activists at risk. Causing the loss of profits isn’t terrorism. It’s effective activism. And even activists that aren’t prosecuted under the law will feel the chilling effect of its “terrorist” rhetoric.

* AETA isn’t needed. Existing laws are already overly broad: the Animal Enterprise Protection Act was used to successfully convict the SHAC 7 this year on “terrorism” charges for running a website. And AETA’s penalties for violence aren’t needed, because the animal protection movement has never killed a human being.

All Americans should be concerned, regardless of how they feel about animal issues. The word terrorism should not be batted around against the enemy of the hour, to push a partisan political agenda. Who will be next?

What you can do:

* Contact U.S. representatives and urge them to oppose HR 4239.
* Contact U.S. Senators and urge them to oppose S 3880 (previously S 1926).
* Contact animal advocacy and environmental organizations, which have overwhelmingly remained silent on this legislation, and demand that they help defeat it.

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For more in-depth information, please visit  http://www.GreenIsTheNewRed.com

To read S. 3880, see:  http://www.thomas.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c109:S.3880:

To read HR 4239, see:  http://www.thomas.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c109:H.R.4239:

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For more info contact Win Animal Rights at:  centcom@war-online.org
Call: 646.267.9934 or visit the WAR website at:  http://war-online.org