So far, more than 80 organizations are supporting two anti-terrorism bills to provide legal protection for animal-related businesses.
Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla) has presented S1926, and Rep. Tom Petri (R-Wisc) brought forth HR4239. Both are known as the "Animal Enterprise Terrorism Acts." The goal is to strengthen protections for animal enterprises, including agriculture from acts of terrorism, note American Association of Swine Veterinarians' officials. The group is one of the 80 supporters.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation cites groups such as the Animal Liberation Front, the Earth Liberation Front, and Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty as the No. 1 domestic terror threat in the United States today. The have been responsible for acts involving property damage, physical harm and death threats toward persons active in animal enterprises, laboratories, research and agricultural interests. The FBI estimates more than 1,200 animal extremist incidents in the past 15 years have cost the economy $200 million.
"These bills provide law enforcement much-needed additional authority and penalties to address this growing threat," say AASV officials. They extend the legal protections to persons or entities associated with or doing business with an animal enterprise and provide for penalties ranging from fines to life imprisonment.
Source: American Association of Swine Veterinarians