“Terrorization of Dissent: Corporate Repression, Legal Corruption, and the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act” is a new book examining the AETA and how it threatens the right to protest.
The following is from the preface by Will Potter:
When I testified before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee about the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act in 2006, I argued that such sweeping legislation criminalizes First Amendment activity, whistleblowing, and nonviolent civil disobedience as “terrorism,” and would have a chilling effect on free speech. Members of the committee, including Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI), dismissed my concerns and promised that the law would only target property destruction and violence.
This has been the major talking point from supporters of this legislation for years: the law is only about “extremists,” and as long as you aren’t part of the Animal Liberation Front, you have nothing to worry about. Lawmakers went so far as to respond to my concerns by including empty rhetoric in the rules of construction promising that the bill “does not include any lawful economic disruption (including a lawful boycott) that results from lawful public, governmental, or business reaction to the disclosure of information about an animal enterprise.”
Since that time, the true scope of this legislation has been exposed [click to continue…]
The state Agriculture Commissioner for Texas is warning the public of an insidious plot to indoctrinate our children. And it could be coming to a school cafeteria near you.
“This activist movement called ‘Meatless Mondays‘ is a carefully-orchestrated campaign that seeks to eliminate meat from Americans’ diets seven days a week — starting with Mondays,” Ag Commisioner Todd Staples wrote in a recent op-ed for the Austin American-Statesman.
The Dripping Springs school district, outside of Austin, adopted the program recently. It’s part of a growing national trend to offer healthier, more sustainable meals just one day a week.
But Staples says its part of a radical activist agenda [click to continue…]
You’ve probably heard a lot about ISIS in the news lately, primarily connected with the group’s beheadings of Americans and journalists.
Beef Magazine is warning readers that this type of violence isn’t limited to the Middle East, though. There’s a similar group operating right here on U.S. soil: the Humane Society.
Troy Marshall writes that jihadist groups like ISIS have defenders who try to obscure their hate to make their message more acceptable. “On a similar note,” he says, “Wayne Pacelle, the president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), has made his intentions clear, too… [click to continue…]
Idaho’s “ag-gag” law against photographing factory farms and slaughterhouses raises serious constitutional issues that need to be evaluated, a federal district court judge recently ruled.
That means the lawsuit by the Animal Legal Defense Fund, ACLU of Idaho, PETA, undercover investigators and others (including me — I’m a plaintiff because ag-gag threatens journalists) is moving forward.
It’s a milestone in the case, and on top of that it’s an incredibly strong ruling. [click to continue…]