FASEB Partners with AAU, APLU, and AAMC to Oppose Resolution to Repeal Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act Created by on 08/08/2013
By Yvette Seger
The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), the Association of American Universities (AAU), the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) have issued a joint statement op
posing a resolution under consideration by the American Bar Association (ABA) to repeal the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA). Resolution 116, which urges Congress to repeal AETA and encourages the Department of Justice to refrain from any further prosecutions under the Act, is scheduled for debate on August 12, during the ABA Annual Meeting.
AETA provides the Department of Justice with the necessary authority to apprehend and prosecute individuals who engage in illegal acts of animal enterprise terror. Supporters of Resolution 116 contend that AETA infringes on an individual’s First Amendment right to free speech and assembly; however, language within the Act states that nothing in the law shall be construed to prohibit any expressive conduct, such as peaceful picketing or other nonviolent demonstrations, protected by the First Amendment.
AETA has helped reduce violence towards animal enterprises and researchers. Between 2010 and 2012, there were only two cases of illegal acts against animal facilities or those working with animals. This is a significant improvement over the 37 documented cases in 2005, the year prior to AETA enactment.
Biomedical researchers are dedicated to advancing knowledge and improving human health and should be allowed to do so safely and securely. Repeal of AETA would remove a valuable law-enforcement tool that protects researchers from violence and fear-inducing tactics by animal extremists. For more information on how you can take action against Resolution 116, visit FASEB’s e-Action Alert Center.