Homeland Insecurities: A Critical Policy Analysis of the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act of 2006

2008-2009 McNair Research Journal, University of Oregon

35 Pages Posted: 10 Nov 2009

Date Written: May 1, 2009

Abstract

The post September 11th climate has produced a spate of legislation aimed at curbing the threat of both international and domestic terrorism. The Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act of 2006 (AETA), an amendment to the Animal Enterprise Protection Act of 1992 (AEPA), extends the Act’s protections to tertiary enterprises that conduct business with animal enterprises. Further, the AETA reclassifies certain crimes committed against animal enterprises as acts of terrorism. Critics of the legislation assert that it creates a “chilling effect” on legitimate protest activities while proponents argue that the AETA is necessary to address the increasing threat of “terrorist activities” against animal enterprises. This paper conducts a critical analysis of the AETA, discusses its implications within the larger American legal framework, and recommends possible modifications.

Keywords: terrorism, animal rights, ecoterrorism, September 11th

Suggested Citation

Snyder, Rachel, Homeland Insecurities: A Critical Policy Analysis of the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act of 2006 (May 1, 2009). 2008-2009 McNair Research Journal, University of Oregon. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1502384 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1502384

Rachel Snyder (Contact Author)

University of Georgia ( email )

Athens, GA 30602-6254
United States

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