Bush signs "Animal Enterprise Terrorism" bill

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Jan 01, 2007



President George W. Bush has signed into law The Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (S. 3880). The law increases jail time and penalties for those who damage or threaten "animal industry" businesses, and widens that label to include individuals as well as businesses—everything from biomedical research facilities and veterinary hospitals to pet stores and rodeos. Proponents say it rightfully punishes animal-rights advocates who harass individuals and damage businesses. Opponents say the new law limits free speech by punishing peaceful protesters who also may harm a business's bottom line.