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7333Conviction

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  • John
    Mar 17, 2006
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      From US Sportsmens Alliance, 03-17-2006:


      An animal rights group and six of its members were convicted by a
      federal jury in Trenton, New Jersey on March 2 on charges of
      inciting violence and terror. The charges stem from the group's
      campaign to shut down Huntingdon Life Sciences, a company which uses
      animals to test drugs and consumer products.

      The six activists, all members of the Philadelphia-based group Stop
      Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC), are believed to be the first
      persons convicted for conspiracy to violate the Animal Enterprise
      Protection Act. Conviction under this law, enacted in 1992 and
      amended in 2002 to include the crime of animal enterprise terrorism,
      carries a sentence of up to three years in prison and a $250,000
      fine.

      Three of the six activists were also charged with multiple counts of
      interstate stalking and conspiracy to engage in interstate
      stalking. Each of the activists could receive a maximum sentence of
      five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each count.

      Prosecution claimed that SHAC used its website to incite violence
      against people and institutions it claimed were affiliated with
      Huntingdon Life Sciences. Employees of Huntingdon testified they
      received e-mails and phone calls that threatened them and their
      children. They also testified that the activists vandalized and
      staged menacing protests at their homes.