Court Upholds Convictions Of N.J. Animal Rights Activists
Local NJ Group Convicted of Violating “Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act.
Note: Originally prosecuted by the office of former US Attorney Chris Christie.
Background March 2006:
A federal jury today convicted a militant animal rights group and six of its members on all counts for their roles in a campaign to terrorize officers, employees and shareholders of a company that used animals for laboratory research and testing, as well as companies that did business with the lab and their employees
The stated goal of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) was to drive Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS), a publicly traded company based in East Millstone, N.J., out of business through its so-called “direct action” against HLS and individuals that SHAC designated as targets. SHAC directed its campaign largely via its websites, where it posted and applauded acts of extreme harassment, intimidation, vandalism and violence against HLS, its employees and others.
Court upholds convictions of N.J. animal rights activists
Associated Press • October 15, 2009
A federal appeals court in Philadelphia has upheld the convictions of six animal-rights activists in a New Jersey harassment case.
The six members of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty were convicted in 2006 of using their Web site to incite threats and vandalism against employees of Huntingdon Life Science in Franklin Township, Somerset County, N.J.
The group posted home addresses and other information about the workers on the site.
Each activist was sentenced to six years in prison. Three remain in federal custody.
The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled there was enough evidence to convict them of violating the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act.
The trial was believed to be the first to use the statute, which was enacted in 1992.
For more information about a local organization, NJARA, (now known as Animal Protection League) that set up defense fund for those convicted please visit:
http://www.njoutdooralliance.org/eco/files/bd370af720926364dec980122dc903f6-4.htmlAnthony P. Mauro, Sr.
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