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The Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA or Act) threatens free speech as part of a larger effort by corporate interests to use the terrorism label to constrain social activism.
In November 2006, Congress passed and President Bush signed into law the AETA. Proponents of the bill, including animal-exploiting industry groups, corporations and the politicians that represent them, pushed for the passage of AETA ostensibly to crack down on violent animal and environmental rights extremists—even though not a signle person in the United States has ever been injured or killed by animal rights or environmental activists. The bill criminalizes legal, constitutionally-protected activity in order to silence political dissent targeting animal/natural resource-abusing industries.
Learn more about Blum v. Holder, a federal lawsuit challenging the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) as an unconstitutional infringement on free speech.