- Mar 17, 2006From 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
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.