Sunday, August 9, 2015

When Does Animal Rights Activism Become Extremism?

Wednesday, Aug 5 2015 Comments (14)
On July 28, the FBI arrested Joseph Buddenberg and Nicole Kissane, two Oakland-based animal rights activists accused of releasing thousands of mink from fur farms during multiple cross-country sprees in 2013. The couple were also charged with vandalizing property owned by the meat and fur industries, including, allegedly, a meat distributor truck in San Francisco.

"To free animals from enslavement you have to break minor laws," says Will Hazlitt, a press officer who disseminates communiques from underground animal rights groups such as Animal Liberation Front. "Calling this terrorism is ridiculous. Is cutting a fence terrorism?"

Yes — at least in the eyes of the U.S. government. Buddenberg and Kissane were indicted under the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, a law introduced by Republican Sen. James Inhofe and Democratic Sen. Diane Feinstein in 2006. The AETA prohibits people from engaging in activities "for the purpose of damaging or interfering with the operations of an animal enterprise."
Continue reading . .

No comments:

Post a Comment