November 17, 2006
November 17, 2006 - This week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act of 2006 (S. 3880), which strengthens laws dealing with criminal acts against animal enterprises, including farms, meat processors and animal research facilities. The act passed the House unanimously under suspension of rules and is now cleared for President Bush's signature.
The 2006 act closed loopholes in the Animal Enterprise Protection Act of 1992 by penalizing attacks against tertiary targets. It also addresses key concerns of law enforcement to prevent, investigate and prosecute acts of animal rights terrorism.
The act was passed by unanimous consent by the U.S. Senate on Sept. 30.