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"EMERGENCY ALERT" FOR ANYONE WHO CARES ABOUT HAVING THE ABILITY TO SPEAK UP FOR ANIMALS!! ACT NOW BEFORE OUR FREEDOM OF SPEECH IS TAKEN AWAY!"
SERIOUS AND URGENT/ CROSSPOST
The Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) poses the most serious threat to free speech and social justice advocacy in years.
Violent or other illegal activities are already prohibited by law. This bill brands nonviolent activism as terrorism and imposes unfairly harsh penalties on animal protection advocacy. Laws should apply equally to all groups and individuals, and terms like "terrorist" should be accurately and judiciously applied. The consequences of AETA are far-reaching.
Animal protection activists are only the first to be singled out. If we allow this bill to become law, other social justice movements may be the next target. Under intense lobbying by the biomedical industrial complex, the U.S. Senate passed AETA, without any hearings or debate, before adjourning for the election recess.
The bill was fast-tracked through and passed by unanimous consent (meaning no Senator even requested time for a hearing or debate). Industry will use a similar tactic to pass the U.S. House of Representatives version of AETA (HR 4239), without hearings or debate, when the House reconvenes on November 13th. President Bush is certain to sign the bill into law. They have an excellent chance of passing the bill, unless we mount a strong and immediate opposition and demand a hearing
Go to http://www.house.gov/ (House Of Representatives) and find your local representative. Snail mail a protest letter or call and protest at their office, leave a message (These methods are the best as emails can be deleted.) This is extremely urgent, please crosspost this alert and write or call your local representative immediately.
DON'T LET THE GOVERNMENT TAKE AWAY YOUR FREEDOM OF SPEECH !
ACT NOW, THE ANIMALS NEED OUR VOICES TO BE HEARD!!!!!! DON'T BE SILENCED.
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