PFAW: 2007 Survey

Sunday, January 28th, 2007

People for the American Way, a progressive human rights organization that primarily works to protect and promote religious freedom, civic participation, civil rights, and constitutional liberties, has a new survey available online. Even if you’re not a member/supporter of PFAW, please take a moment to fill it out.

Specifically, question #7 asks “With regard to civil liberties and oversight, on what should PFAW work hardest?”. The options include “Restoring habeas corpus; Ending the warrantless surveillance of Americans; Protecting free speech; Restoring due process; and Restoring checks and balances/oversight of the executive branch.” Afterwards, participants are urged to share additional comments.

This is an excellent opportunity to encourage another civil liberties group to take a stand against AETA, the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act. According to the Equal Justice Alliance, PFAW has not yet joined the list of groups opposed to AETA. Let PFAW know that the rights of animal rights and eco-activists must be protected too!

Additional information and talking points available in past easyVegan.info posts.

Spread the word!

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‘The War on Terra’, for kids!

Monday, January 15th, 2007

Behold – the NRA’s idea of those crazy Animal Rights Terrorists:

The Animal Rights Terrorists (from the NRA's 'Freedom in Peril')

Complete with hairy-legged, Birkenstock-wearing feminists, dynamite-toting spotted owls, angry cocks (no doubt wielding The Bird Flu), and attack lobsters, the NRA’s graphic novel “Freedom in Peril” is an exercise in stereotyping. Good for a laugh, though. It’s so absurd, it’s funny. Seriously, how could I get offended in the face of such ridiculousness?

What does irritate me is the conflation of animal rights advocates with other leftists: feminists, socialists, environmentalists, secularists, and – yes – gun-haters. (And, um gang members. Brown ones, of course. Do they come in any other color?)

While I don’t mind the NRA churning out such idiotic caricatures of us, please, don’t imply that we have the support of other radical anti-ism activists. We don’t. Speaking for myself, I do advocate on behalf of other disenfranchised groups: women, minorities, the impoverished, GLBT persons, those with mental disorders. Speaking from experience, many other animal rights activists I’ve encountered support these causes as well. However, it’s a one-way street: there’s very little crossover to our side.

Case in point: the civil liberties of animal rights terrorists activists aren’t even worth the ACLU’s time. Yup, we’re lower down on the food chain than Fred Phelps and NAMBLA. Indeed, I keep up with a number of liberal blogs, and “those animal rights extremists” are one of the few topics on which the bloggers and their trolls can routinely agree (to rag) on.

On the other hand, vegankid calls for animal rightists to integrate other progressive issues with their own activism:

So the point i am getting at is that we need to be careful not to view ourselves, vegans, as standing upon an ethical pedestal. Just because we don’t consume animal products does not give us moral high ground. If we wish veganism as a movement to grow, then veganism must become informed by all movements for justice, compassion, and non-violence. Rather than limiting ourselves to non-humyn animal suffering, we must also critically approach ability, gender, class, race, age, size, sexuality, and other categorizations that have been used to create violent hierarchies. To do this, we must put a great deal of effort on our own persynal growth and awareness.

So perhaps the internets are just giving me a skewed perception of the animal rights movement and its insularity in regards to other causes? Thoughts?

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ACLU: In 2007, Let’s Move Freedom Forward

Thursday, January 11th, 2007

The ACLU’s got a new petition to Congress up; here’s the full-text:

It’s the beginning of a new year, the beginning of a new Congress and time for us to look ahead at where we want our country to be a year from now.

In the coming year, I will ask you to take a number of steps to enhance freedom and fairness for everyone in America. This year, my New Year’s resolutions include working with you to help:

1. Restore habeas corpus and due process
2. End torture in secret prisons
3. Stop warrantless eavesdropping on innocent Americans
4. Fix the Patriot Act and bring it in line with the Constitution

I hope you’ll make these resolutions a priority for 2007. By doing so, you and the Congress can reassert your Constitutional role as a check on the executive branch and ensure oversight of the president and the administration.

They also invite signers to “Tell us, and Congress, your own resolutions for moving freedom forward in 2007. What matters most to you?”

Please take a moment to sign itbecause it’s the fun thing to do – and then, in the comments section, leave a polite rant about the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA). Ask Congress to repeal it post-haste, and chastise the ACLU for their failure to oppose it.

New to easyVegan.info? Find out more about AETA here.

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IDA Writing Alert: Fur store eviction: Go now, not later

Saturday, December 23rd, 2006

Previous posts on Schumacher Furs here and here.

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: In Defense of Animals – takeaction [at] idausa.org
Date: Dec 23, 2006 9:29 AM
Subject: Writing Alert: Fur store eviction: Go now, not later

The Portland Oregonian ran a story about Schumacher Fur in Portland, Oregon receiving an eviction notice from their landlord. Please write a letter to the editor reminding readers that any compassionate person would refuse to cause animals to suffer for a vanity product. Send letters to letters [at] news.oregonian.com.

Read “Fur store eviction: Go now, not later” online.

Fur store eviction: Go now, not later

Downtown – Schumacher Furs & Outerwear is told by its landlord to vacate by 1 p.m. the day after Christmas

Saturday, December 23, 2006
SPENCER HEINZ

Schumacher Furs & Outerwear, the target of more than a year of anti-fur protests, is facing a landlord’s notice to swiftly vacate its downtown Portland location.

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LCA: AETA Update from Chris DeRose

Saturday, December 23rd, 2006

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Campaigns Department – campaigns [at] lcanimal.org
Date: Dec 22, 2006 4:37 PM
Subject: AETA Update from Chris DeRose

“I Am Not a Terrorist”

LCA is unwavering in our commitment to challenge the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA), no matter how hard or how long it takes.

We are continuing our coalition building with other major animal groups, welfare, protection, rescue and rights organizations, as well as legal organizations and non-animal organizations, to work together so that there is a single message from all of us. This is important! Our voices must be strong and unified to gather support for the repeal of the AETA.

We were overwhelmed by the positive feedback and the number of people that want to join the fight. We have been in touch with people all over the county. The public needed someone to carry the torch and to have a main focus.

I want to continue stressing that the AETA has the ability to affect all animal groups; welfare, protection, rescue and rights. In LCA fashion, we will stay on it and pursue it until it no longer exists.

Please continue contacting your senators and representatives. Let them know that you support the repeal of the AETA and you want them to support the repeal also! Call back frequently; become familiar with the staff…you can make a difference.

For those of you near Washington D.C. – members of Congress will be sworn in on Thursday, January 4th, and most will hold receptions for their constituents. This is a great opportunity to approach your representatives (and others) about repealing the AETA. They usually require an RSVP, but they may not be too strict about barring unannounced visitors.

Check in with LCA and Equal Justice Alliance often for updated information on the fight against the AETA.

We’re going to kick ass and stop this damn thing!

For the animals,

Chris DeRose
President and Founder
Last Chance for Animals

email: campaigns [at] lcanimal.org
phone: (310) 271-6096 x30
web: http://www.lcanimal.org

Last Chance for Animals | 8033 Sunset Blvd. #835 | Los Angeles | CA | 90046

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Kinship Circle: HLS Customer Scios + SHAC & SPEAK Updates

Saturday, December 16th, 2006

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From: Kinship Circle – info [at] kinshipcircle.org
Date: Dec 12, 2006 3:49 PM
Subject: Target: HLS Customer Scios + SHAC & SPEAK Updates

Kinship Circle Primary – PERMISSION TO CROSS-POST AS WRITTEN
(Please do not delete identity/disclaimer information)

12/12/06 — Target: HLS Customer Scios + SHAC & SPEAK Updates
KINSHIP CIRCLE ACTION CAMPAIGN
http://www.KinshipCircle.org

IN THIS ALERT:

1. Scios Inc. CONTACT INFORMATION
2. Scios Inc. SAMPLE LETTER
3. SHAC 7 Days of Christmas
4. SPEAK Founders Facing Imprisonment

SOURCE OF INFORMATION:
Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (UK), http://www.shac.net
info [at] shac.net

RESOURCES:
Customers of Huntingdon Life Sciences
http://www.shac.net/HLS/clients.html

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DCCC 100 Hours Survey – Tell the Dems to repeal AETA immediately!

Thursday, December 14th, 2006

I just completed the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s (DCCC) “100 Hours Legislative Survey.” Though only one question deals with environmental issues – and NO questions address animal advocacy concerns – there is a box where participants are invited to share the “other issues [you would like] like the 110th Congress to take up in the first 100 Hours?” Please take a moment to complete the survey and ask the 110th Congress to repeal the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) immediately.

Other suggestions you can include are for Congress to act on the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act and the Animal Fighting Prohibition Act.

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AETA News Roundup

Wednesday, December 13th, 2006

Given the disheartening lack of coverage of the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) in the mainstream media, I thought a roundup of recent news coverage might be helpful. (Of course, there’s always Green Is the New Red for breaking updates!) Though AETA never should have passed through the House OR the Senate, the good news seems to be that opposition is growing.

Prior to the House vote, the Institute for Humanist Studies included an anti-AETA article in their newsletter, Humanist Network News. It’s a great piece, and the fact that it doesn’t come from the “animal terrorist” sector makes it that much more impressive.

Here’s a brief excerpt:

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Now *that’s* rich.

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006

A little holiday ditty via the ACLU. You know – the so-called “defenders of civil liberties” who, shall we say, “tacitly” supported the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA).

An Overdue Visit

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the nation
Friends of Freedom knew it was a special occasion.
Lady Liberty stood taller just off the shore
Her torch shining brighter than a few weeks before

But it wasn’t the flame turning her cheeks all rosy
It was thoughts of Snowe, Feingold and Nancy Pelosi
And leaders from every side of the aisle
Who would soon bring the Bill of Rights back into style.

The Amendments had all hurried out of their beds –
Which was no easy task, they were nearly in shreds –
And they rushed to the window on papery feet
As a jolly old man flew right over their street.

“Could it be!?” they inquired as the roof shook and trembled
And they crept toward the mantle, peaceably assembled,
Just as someone emerged from the chimney with flair
In a shiny red suit, with a shock of white hair

And a top hat, and pants all in red, white and blue –
“Wait a minute,” the Amendments exclaimed, “Who are you?”
“Don’t be frightened my children,” he said, “it’s no scam.
“You can’t have forgotten your old Uncle Sam!”

“Holy crap!” said Free Speech. “Stop right there!” yelled Bear Arms
And Privacy cried “Who shut off the alarms?!”
The Fifth remained silent, but Uncle Sam said
“We’ve been having some trouble, but Freedom’s not dead.”

The Amendments were cautious. “It’s just been so long
“We’ve seen Liberty lost, we’ve seen so much go wrong.
“The President’s trying to mangle and warp us,
“The Fourth is in tatters, so’s Habeas Corpus!”

The old man sat down – he had had quite a ride –
But he told them “Don’t worry, the Law’s on our side,
“‘Cause the nation’s fed up and more people are crying
“For Justice and an end to illegal spying,

“And secret abductions by the CIA,
“And laws that would take women’s choices away,
“And Gitmo tribunals and secret detention,
“And other intrusions too numerous to mention – ”

“Not so fast,” said a grinchity voice from above
And Don Rumsfeld pushed past the Fourteenth with a shove.
He was covered in soot and he looked kind of scary.
It seemed like his Christmas had not been so merry.

The Amendments said they weren’t happy to see him:
“You tried to throw all of us in the museum!
“You’ve done so much the Constitution forbids!”
“And I would have gone on, but for you meddling kids!”

Uncle Sam told him “Rummy, your plans just won’t do,
“So we’ve got a brand new timetable for you!”
And as Rumsfeld retired and crept into the night
The Amendments cried out “Have a good secret flight!”

From the distance they heard him reply with a snort.
“Bye-bye, Rummy!” they answered, “we’ll see you in court!”
Uncle Sam rode the chimney up out of the room
And, like Frosty, he said “I’ll be back again soon.”

But they heard him exclaim “Oh, and just one more thing!
“This year, when the holiday bells start to ring,
“Try to honor religion. Honest faith can’t be wrong.
“It’s America, can’t we all just get along?

“So, on Christian,” he cried, “Muslim, Hindu, and Jew!
“On Quaker! On Shaker! And Atheist too!
“On Buddhist! On Taoist! And to show we’re not chickens
“We’ll file a few lawsuits defending the Wiccans!

“Your belief is your right, so get out there and savor it.
“Uncle Sam’s not a preacher, and he doesn’t play favorites!”
So this holiday season, whatever you do,
Warmest wishes for Freedom, from the ACLU.

Just as long as you don’t – *gasp* – agitate for animals.
In that case, g’luck at Gitmo, sucka.

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Kinship Circle: AETA UPDATE / Hope For Repeal?

Saturday, December 9th, 2006

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Kinship Circle – info [at] kinshipcircle.org
Date: Dec 8, 2006 10:21 PM
Subject: AETA UPDATE/ Hope For Repeal?

KINSHIP CIRCLE PRIMARY – permission to crosspost
http://www.KinshipCircle.org

12/8/06: AETA UPDATE / Hope For Repeal?

IN THIS ALERT:

1. President Signs Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act Into Law
2. Keep Fighting, The Animals Need Us – A message from Chris DeRose
3. Equal Justice Alliance Enacts Strategy In Wake Of AETA’s Passage
4. McGovern Pledges To Help Overturn Animal Terrorism Law
5. Sunday 12/17: Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act Seminar
6. Judge Strikes Down Bush On Terror Groups
7. AETA In Reverse? Portland Fur Dealer “Terrorizes” Protesters
8. Levity – Dubya’s “Letter” To An Animal Rights Activist

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SATYA’s December ’06 / January ’07 Issue Available!

Wednesday, December 6th, 2006

You know, I’ve been considering subscribing to Satya for a few months now, but this issue convinced me. I can’t wait to receive my copy next week!

I bet it would also make a great holiday gift….

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Satya Magazine – satya [at] satyamag.com
Date: Dec 6, 2006 2:16 AM
Subject: SATYA’s December/January Double Issue Now Available — The New Face of Terrorism

The SATYA December/January Special Double Issue is Now Available!

See highlights at: http://www.satyamag.com

The New Face of Terrorism Could be yours.

With Lynne Stewart, The SHAC7, Rod Coronado, AETA Update and more

Satya - December 2006

On the Cover: Image © Nonstock/Jupiter Images

This double issue examines the current federal crackdown on activists and the implications of the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act. Kick off with a guest editorial by Will Potter examining the chilling effect this “Green Scare” could have on free speech.

Featured interviews include human rights attorney Lynne Stewart, the SHAC7, and activists Peter Young and Rod Coronado.

Robert Shetterly’s moving portraits of Americans Who Tell the Truth and photographs of human rights activists from Speak Truth to Power offer inspiration in this troubling time.

Start the New Year off right with Bryant Terry’s New Millennium Soul Food and Monica Engebretson’s resolutions for helping animals.

Plus bird flu updates, film reviews, Satya’s vegan bakery guide and tips for supporting political prisoners. All this and more!

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LCA: An Important Message from Chris DeRose

Tuesday, December 5th, 2006

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Campaigns Department – campaigns [at] lcanimal.org
Date: Dec 4, 2006 8:58 PM
Subject: An Important Message from Chris DeRose

Keep Fighting, the Animals Need Us!

LCA - Stop AETA

The Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) has been signed into law…now what?

The government can call constitutionally protected freedom of speech and the act of helping animals “terrorism,” but that doesn’t change the fact that millions of animals are needlessly suffering for vanity, appetite, entertainment and sport. The animals still need us, regardless of how the animal abusers portray us in the media and the halls of Congress.

LCA’s team of lawyers and lobbyists have been pouring over the language of the bill to figure out exactly what this means for activists and are strategizing on how to fight this absurd bill.

The LCA team has two suggestions for animal rights activists, thus far:

1) Attempt to repeal the law (LCA is working on this critical repeal).

2) AETA court challenge. What this means; if an activist is accused of a crime in the process of helping an animal under the AETA, we will have the opportunity to challenge each and every case in court.

Animal abusers would love to see activists spend all their time and money defending themselves in court instead of speaking up for the animals. We won’t let that happen. We have found several lawyers who will handle specific cases pro-bono and help minimalize our valuable time and resources.

This is a PR war and we can’t give them an inch. Animal activists and this whole movement must take a step up and be savvier in how they approach the struggle; negative and threatening remarks accomplish nothing for our cause. THE RIGHT KIND OF ACTION WILL GET RESULTS!

I encourage activists everywhere NOT to be swayed: but to continue and increase your non-violent activities (non-violent does not always mean laws are not broken) advocating for the animals. If we don’t, who will?

LCA was the first national organization to take this issue head on. We will keep fighting. I will lead the charge. I PERSONALLY WILL CONTINUE TO BE ON THE FRONT LINE. We must never ever back off! This is the time we work and fight harder and smarter.

For the animals,

Chris DeRose
President and Founder
Last Chance for Animals

email: campaigns [at] lcanimal.org
phone: (310) 271-6096 x30
web: http://www.lcanimal.org

Last Chance for Animals | 8033 Sunset Blvd. #835 | Los Angeles | CA | 90046

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Dennis Kucinich, Rock Star

Sunday, December 3rd, 2006

Representative Dennis Kucinich – you know, the only guy in all of Congress with enough gravitas to vote against the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) – emailed me in regards to said bill yesterday. Well, OK, he didn’t email me, his office did. Cool beans either way. I’m a C-list blogger, so when a Rep’s rep emails me outta the blue, I get a warm and fuzzy feeling. At least I know someone out there’s listening.

Anyway, here’s what the man had to say about AETA:

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Kucinich on AETA

Sunday, December 3rd, 2006

Representative Dennis Kucinich – you know, the only guy in all of Congress with enough gravitas to vote against the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) – emailed me in regards to said bill yesterday. Well, OK, he didn’t email me, his office did. Cool beans either way. I’m a C-list blogger, so when a Rep’s rep emails me outta the blue, I get a warm and fuzzy feeling. At least I know someone out there’s listening.

Anyway, here’s what the man had to say about AETA:

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IDA Writing Alert: Fur store says it’s had enough

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

UPDATE, 12/3/06: Green Is the New Red cites the Schumacher Furs case as an example of how legal, nonviolent protest is being decried as “terrorism” by those “animal enterprises” which were deemed worthy of an extra level of protection via AETA. You can read the whole post here.

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: In Defense of Animals – takeaction [at] idausa.org
Date: Nov 29, 2006 5:45 PM
Subject: Writing Alert: Fur store says it’s had enough

The Portland Oregonian published an article on the announcement by Schumacher Furs that after a year of anti-fur protests, they will be moving their store.

Please write a letter to the editor of the Oregonian on the inherent cruelty of killing animals for fur.

Send letters via letters [at] news.oregonian.com. You can also fax or postal mail your letters to:

Letters to the editor
The Oregonian
1320 S.W. Broadway
Portland, OR 97201
FAX: (503) 294-4193

You can read “Fur store Says its had enough” online here.

Fur store says it’s had enough

Downtown – Hounded by protesters and citing safety issues, Schumacher is pulling out of Portland after 111 years

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

by SPENCER HEINZ and SETH PRINCE

Schumacher Furs & Outerwear, after 111 years of business and one solid year of fervent animal-rights protests, is hanging it up in Portland.

Owner Gregg Schumacher, who depicts the city’s core as dangerous and not conducive to retailers, said Tuesday that he’s moving his shop to the suburbs, though he wouldn’t say where.

“We’re leaving downtown Portland because we feel that it’s losing its appeal for people to shop in” said Schumacher, 51, rattling off a list of what he called his customers’ complaints. “The panhandling, the musicians on the street, the urination in the parking garages. Yes, the protests. But the whole place is not conducive to running a retail operation.”

Officials from City Hall to the Portland Business Alliance, while making it clear they’re sad to see downtown lose any merchant, particularly such a longtime institution, called Schumacher’s claims, in effect, bunk.

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Farm Sanctuary: Additional Actions Against AETA & More

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

Even though AETA was signed into law by GW yesterday, Farm Sanctuary has further suggestions for opposing the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act.

The following is excerpted from their website:

You Can Still Help!

Thank you to all who previously took action against the AETA by demanding that First Amendment activities such as demonstrations, leafleting and boycotts, should not be criminalized by calling such legal activities “disruptive” to business. However, rest assured that animal advocates shall persevere undaunted. Also, remember that that there is language in the sloppily-drafted bill which would make it difficult for prosecutors to overreach and chastise First Amendment-protected activities.

* Let House Judiciary Chairman Sensenbrenner, who spoke in favor of AETA, know how you feel about his attempts to criminalize animal advocates.

* Thank Rep. Dennis Kucinich for being the sole voice on 11-13-06 by speaking out that HR 4239 was voted on without more representation by the House. Urge others to do so as well.

* Please contact your U.S. (not State) Representative and express your disappointment, especially if they are co-sponsors of the bill.

* Contact your U.S. Senator and express your disappointment with her, or his, vote. Let your Senator know that compassion should not be a crime!

* All legislators may be contacted through the U.S. Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121. To identify your Congressperson, go to http://www.house.gov or http://www.senate.gov, or simply enter your zip code at http://www.vote-smart.org.

I’d also like to add the following:

* Contact the ACLU and politely express your disappointment/frustration/anger at their last-minute withdrawal of their opposition to the bill. A history of the ACLU’s stance re: AETA is available here; detailed contact info for the ACLU is listed here (scroll to the bottom of the post).

* Contact the BORDC and thank them for opposing AETA (and defending our First Amendment freedoms) when the ACLU would not. More on the BORDC here and here.

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LCA: Breaking News – President Bush Signs AETA, 11/27

Monday, November 27th, 2006

Oy. Literally seconds after posting this update re: AETA, I received the following alert from Last Chance for Animals in my inbox. What a sham.

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Campaigns Department – campaigns [at] lcanimal.org
Date: Nov 27, 2006 9:28 PM
Subject: Breaking News – President Bush Signs AETA 11/27

President Bush Signs AETA Today — 11/27/2006

President Bush signed The Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA, S.3880 ENR) into law today, Monday, November 27th.

The AETA not only puts our constitution in jeopardy, it puts all of us who speak out against the status quo in jeopardy. Animal rights activists, civil rights activists, the media, entertainers and even the NRA are all in danger of being called “Terrorists.” The broad language in this bill creates a dangerous, slipperly slope that can be used to take away our first amendment rights and put innocent people in jail!

The bill was fast-tracked through both the House and the Senate by the biomedical industries — people who have everything to gain by silencing legitimate protests against their cruel animal abuse. Click here to see the official language of the bill as it was signed today.

“LCA has been at the forefront of fighting and opposing the AETA on a national level. Former Congressman and lobbyist for LCA, Charlie Rose, has been working feverishly against the AETA,” states LCA President Chris DeRose. “This is not over for LCA, this is just the beginning.”

LCA - Stop AETA

Fight the AETA

Contact your Senate and House Representatives and let them know you oppose the AETA and their complacency during the passing of the bill.

Visit http://www.house.gov and http://www.senate.gov for contact information.

email: campaigns [at] lcanimal.org
phone: (310) 271-6096 x30
web: http://www.lcanimal.org

Last Chance for Animals | 8033 Sunset Blvd. #835 | Los Angeles | CA | 90046

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Equal Justice Alliance: AETA – Where Do We Go from Here?

Monday, November 27th, 2006

The following letter has been circulating on animal rights/welfare listservs, and is also available on the Equal Justice Alliance’s website.

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AETA – Where Do We Go from Here?

Source: Equal Justice Alliance

Dear fellow animal activist,

As you are well aware by now, the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA, S. 3880) passed the U.S. Senate by unanimous consent in September. It passed the U.S. House of Representatives on November 13th because we were outmaneuvered by the Republican leadership of the House Judiciary Committee. And now the bill has been signed into law by President Bush. We appreciate your massive outpouring of e-mails and phone calls to Congress. We learned valuable lessons from our lobbying experience. For us, this is a new beginning.

What We Are Doing

We have resolved that Equal Justice Alliance must continue its mission along three tracks:

* To protect equal justice and freedom of speech for animal and other social justice advocates by working to repeal AETA and to prevent future repressive legislation;

* To provide an alternative Congressional watchdog function;

* To promote an atmosphere of respect for animal advocacy within Congress and Justice Department.

We plan to pursue three ways of neutralizing AETA:

* By convincing federal district attorneys not to prosecute under AETA because the law is too broad and vague to make it through the courts;

* By convincing federal courts to dismiss a test case because the law is too broad and vague;

* By convincing Congress that the law is unworkable, unconstitutional, and should be repealed.

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The ACLU, On Notice

Tuesday, November 21st, 2006

After doing some more digging re: the ACLU’s position on AETA, I’m now convinced enough that they screwed us to do the previously unthinkable: put them On Notice.
 

The ACLU, On Notice

 
And – if they don’t watch their sorry arses – they may soon be Dead To Me. Assuming I can find a Dead To Me generator.

Anyway, back to that Kinship Circle alert for a moment. Rumor #4 involves the ACLU’s opposition – or lack thereof – to the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA).

The whole section, verbatim:

4. QUESTION/RUMOR: The ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) didn’t take a stand for free speech by opposing AETA.

4. CLARIFICATION

From D. Barber, Correspondence Manager, American Civil Liberties Union:

The ACLU Letter to Congress Urging Opposition to the Animal Enterprise Act, S. 1926 and H.R. 4239 (3/6/2006) can be read at www.aclu.org/freespeech/gen/25620leg20060306.html.

If you are not already an ACLU member, we encourage you to help support our aggressive work on the issues you care about. To join please visit www.aclu.org/contribute/contribute.cfm or call 1-888-567-ACLU. Once again, thank you for your interest in the ACLU.

Sincerely, D. Barber, Correspondence Manager, American Civil Liberties Union

11/14/06, from Karen Dawn, news [at] dawnwatch.com:

Actually, Sensenbrenner lied about lack of opposition from the ACLU. Sigh. ACLU did not oppose the whole bill but did ask for changes: www.aclu.org/safefree/general/27356leg20061030.html.

After contacting Kinship Circle for clarification, I was told that they were simply providing information regarding the ACLU’s stance on AETA, and leaving it to KC readers to draw their own conclusions.

My conclusion: at best, the ACLU is being duplicitous in their replies to animal advocates who dare to criticize the ACLU’s actions on AETA. Worst-case scenario – they totally sold us out.

Let’s have a little looksee at the facts, shall we?

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Kinship Circle: Questions/Rumors: ANIMAL ENTERPRISE TERRORISM ACT

Tuesday, November 21st, 2006

My take on “rumor” #4 to follow.

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] brick.net
Date: Nov 16, 2006 1:03 PM
Subject: Questions/Rumors: ANIMAL ENTERPRISE TERRORISM ACT

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11/16/06: Questions & Rumors About The Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act

A lot of questions and rumors are circulating the internet regarding the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) and its passage on Monday, November 13, 2006. I hope you find the information below useful, as animal advocacy and social justice orgs regroup for the continuing fight. Brenda Shoss, Kinship Circle

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