Becoming a Terrorist in Defense of Animals

Posted: August 1, 2013 in Uncategorized

We, as a nation, have lost our collective mind. I’m not sure when we began the descent into madness, but we’ve been hovering right above the bottom of the pit since the World Trade Center attacks on 9/11. The terrorists didn’t just murder thousands of innocent folks that day; they aroused a dormant fear and terror and paranoia in the general population and administration that we may never be able to conquer.

One very significant example of a way that we have somehow forfeited all reason is in the model bill created by the American Legislative Exchange Council and passed or proposed in several states: The Animal and Ecological Terrorism Act. This act, among other things, makes it a felony to enter an animal or research facility to take pictures by photograph, video camera, or other means with the intent to commit criminal activities or defame the facility or its
owner (see below link for full text of model bill) –

http://alecexposed.org/w/images/f/f5/7K13-The_Animal_and_Ecological_Terrorism_Act_(AETA)_Exposed.pdf

Essentially, what this means is that an individual or someone representing an animal rights organization cannot go undercover in an lab that does testing on animals or in a slaughterhouse, for example, and take photos or videos to document the horrific abuses that occur there. To do so would mean jail time and/or a hefty fine, and the evidence would be thrown out. In addition, and perhaps most significantly, the individual convicted of a crime under this bill/law would be required to register as a terrorist – yes, a TERRORIST – and would be subject to the same scrutiny that known members of al-Qaeda are.

Animal testing, factory farming, and slaughterhouse practices are hotly debatable in today’s society. Many believe that animals, as sentient beings, should never be subjected to the kind of suffering that has been documented in these places. Others see animals as lower beings, ours to do with what we want. But few can argue about the other serious issues caused by the current practices of research labs and facilities that hold animals in preparation for slaughter. Increased exposure to antibiotics (and eventual development of resistance to them), potential contraction of salmonella due to unsanitary conditions, and numerous other public health concerns.

The following link has some graphic but brief footage of animal abuse. Bill Moyers explains in detail about this bill.

http://www.alternet.org/civil-liberties/bill-moyers-outrageous-bill-known-animal-and-ecological-terrorism-act-seeks-silence

Another good link:

http://www.politicususa.com/2013/06/30/terrorists-ordinary-american-activists-receiving-dangerous-label.html

As I mentioned above, behind this bill is ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council. This is an organization primarily of big corporations and conservative politicians who devise model bills for states to present and pass, all of which are designed to “include major tax loopholes for big industries and the super rich, proposals to offshore U.S. jobs and gut minimum wage, and efforts to weaken public health, safety, and environmental protections.” (alecexposed.org)

We have truly reached a new low. We are so greedy and we have become so fearful of losing what we have that we will forfeit lives and compassion and simple humanity so we can have what we think we need.

Shame on us.

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