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November 2006

Tell Congress Activism Isn’t “Terrorism”
Don’t Lose Your Voice for the Voiceless

The Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (H.R. 4239) would label a wide range of activism as “terrorism” if it “damages” an animal enterprise, or any business connected to an animal enterprise.

The AETA has passed the Senate unanimously and is currently pending in the House. Industry groups are trying to steamroll it through Congress as soon as lawmakers return from recess November 13.

The AETA would impact all kinds of activists, including environmentalists, social justice advocates and vegetarian outreach campaigners. Animal activists may be the first target of this scare-mongering, but they won’t be the last.

Talking Points
The AETA is Vague and Overly Broad. The AETA isn’t just about illegal actions like breaking windows or rescuing animals from fur farms. It includes penalties for “non-violent physical obstruction” and actions that do not harm people or property. It could label civil disobedience, whistleblowing, undercover investigations and aggressive—yet nonviolent—campaigns as “terrorism” if they hurt corporate profits.

The AETA Limits Free Speech. Labeling nonviolent actions as “terrorism” and prosecuting them as federal crimes will have a chilling effect on free speech. You shouldn’t have to be afraid of being labeled a “terrorist” for speaking up for animals.

Corporate Profits Aren’t a National Security Priority. There are better ways to spend scarce anti-terrorism resources than protecting corporate interests and targeting animal activists as “terrorists.”

What You Can Do
• Contact your U.S. Representatives, beginning November 13, and urge them to protect free speech and oppose this legislation (for Congressional contact information, visit Use the talking points above.

• Distribute copies of this alert to anyone concerned about civil liberties.

• Keep updated on the AETA and for more detailed information, visit stopaeta.organd

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and other prominent national groups have come out against the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act. These are just some of the animal organizations and businesses that oppose the AETA.

Action For Animals – Austin

Action For Animals – Oakland

Alley Cat Allies

American Anti-Vivisection Society

Animal Acres

Animal Legal Defense Fund

Animal Place

Animal Protection Institute

Animal Rights Coalition, MN

Animal Rights Hawaii

Animal Rights International

Animal Sanctuary Foundation

Animal Switchboard

Animal Welfare Advocacy

Animal Welfare Institute

The Animals Voice

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Arizona State University

Animal Welfare Association

The Association of Sanctuaries

Association of Veterinarians for Animal Rights

Avian Welfare Coalition

Bay Area Vegetarians

Best Friends Animal Society

Catskill Animal Sanctuary

CARE (Coalition for Animal Rights Education)

Compassionate Consumers

Compassionate Cooks

Compassion Over Killing


Dogs Deserve Better

East Bay Animal Advocates

Eastern Shore Sanctuary and Education Center

Equal Justice Alliance


Farm Sanctuary

FATE (Friends of Animals and Their Environment)


Feathers Foundation

Florida Voices for Animals

Friends of Animals

Herbivore Magazine

Humane Society of the US

In Defense of Animals
International Fund for Animal Welfare

Kinship Circle

L.A. Lawyers for Animals

Last Chance for Animals

League of Humane Voters

League of Humane Voters - CA

League of Humane Voters - NY

Maryland Animal Advocates

Mercy For Animals

Midwest Avian Adoption &
Rescue Services (MAARS)

National Anti-Vivisection Society

New England Anti-Vivisection Society (NEAVS)

Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

Primate Freedom Project


Rational Animals

San Diego Animal Advocates

Satya Magazine

SHARK (Showing Animals Respect and Kindness)
Sonoma People for Animal Rights
Students for Education on

Animal Liberation

United Animal Nations

United Poultry Concerns

Valley Vegan Society
(Northampton, MA)


Vegan Outreach

Vegan Radio

Vegetarian Advocates

Vegetarian Society of El Paso

The VegNews Network

VegNews Magazine


Voice for a Viable Future

Woodstock Animal Rights

Woodstock Farm Animal

World Orchard Project
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