On Nov. 27, President Bush officially signed the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act into law. The legislation had received tremendous bi-partisan support in both the U.S. House and Senate. It amends the Animal Enterprise Protection Act of 1992 and expands criminal prohibitions against the use of force, violence and threats involving animal enterprises and increased penalties for violations of these prohibitions.

AETA closes loopholes in the previous act by penalizing attacks against tertiary targets. It also addresses key concerns of law enforcement who have waged an uphill battle to prevent, investigate and prosecute acts of animal rights terrorism. The House passed the measure on Nov. 13, the Senate passed it by unanimous consent on Sept. 30.

''In the past year death threats have been used in animal rights campaigns in both Arizona and South Dakota,'' say Kay Johnson, president of Animal Agriculture Alliance. ''We are aware of one made in Minneapolis just recently. Worse yet, in the United States and United Kingdom the use of firebombs has also become far too common. Our belief is that this much-needed law will save more than one life.''

Source: Animal Agriculture Alliance