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    II
    109TH CONGRESS
    2D SESSION S. 3880
    To provide the Department of Justice the necessary authority to apprehend,
    prosecute, and convict individuals committing animal enterprise terror.
    IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
    SEPTEMBER 8, 2006
    Mr. INHOFE (for himself, Mrs. FEINSTEIN, Mr. THUNE, and Mr. ISAKSON)
    introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the
    Committee on the Judiciary
    A BILL
    To provide the Department of Justice the necessary authority
    to apprehend, prosecute, and convict individuals committing
    animal enterprise terror.
    1 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa2
    tives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
    3 SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
    4 This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Animal Enterprise
    5 Terrorism Act’’.
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    •S 3880 IS
    1 SEC. 2. INCLUSION OF ECONOMIC DAMAGE TO ANIMAL EN2
    TERPRISES AND THREATS OF DEATH AND SE3
    RIOUS BODILY INJURY TO ASSOCIATED PER4
    SONS.
    5 (a) IN GENERAL.—Section 43 of title 18, United
    6 States Code, is amended to read as follows:
    7 ‘‘§ 43. Force, violence, and threats involving animal
    8 enterprises
    9 ‘‘(a) OFFENSE.—Whoever travels in interstate or for10
    eign commerce, or uses or causes to be used the mail or
    11 any facility of interstate or foreign commerce—
    12 ‘‘(1) for the purpose of damaging or interfering
    13 with the operations of an animal enterprise; and
    14 ‘‘(2) in connection with such purpose—
    15 ‘‘(A) intentionally damages, or causes the
    16 loss of any property (including animals or
    17 records) used by an animal enterprise, or any
    18 property of a person or entity having a connec19
    tion to, relationship with, or transactions with
    20 an animal enterprise;
    21 ‘‘(B) intentionally places a person in rea22
    sonable fear of the death of, or serious bodily
    23 injury to that person, a member of the imme24
    diate family (as defined in section 115) of that
    25 person, or a spouse or intimate partner of that
    26 person by a course of conduct involving threats,
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    1 acts of vandalism, property damage, criminal
    2 trespass, harassment, or intimidation; or
    3 ‘‘(C) conspires or attempts to do so;
    4 shall be punished as provided for in subsection (b).
    5 ‘‘(b) PENALTIES.—The punishment for a violation of
    6 section (a) or an attempt or conspiracy to violate sub7
    section (a) shall be—
    8 ‘‘(1) for an offense involving exclusively a non9
    violent physical obstruction of an animal enterprise
    10 or a business having a connection to, or relationship
    11 with, an animal enterprise, that may result in loss
    12 of profits but does not result in bodily injury or
    13 death or property damage or loss—
    14 ‘‘(A) not more than $10,000 and the
    15 length of imprisonment shall be not more than
    16 6 months, or both, for the first offense; and
    17 ‘‘(B) not more than $25,000 and the
    18 length of imprisonment shall be not more than
    19 18 months, or both, for a subsequent offense;
    20 ‘‘(2) a fine under this title or imprisonment not
    21 more than 1 year, or both, if the offense does not
    22 instill in another the reasonable fear of serious bod23
    ily injury or death and—
    24 ‘‘(A) the offense results in no economic
    25 damage or bodily injury; or
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    1 ‘‘(B) the offense results in economic dam2
    age that does not exceed $10,000;
    3 ‘‘(3) a fine under this title or imprisonment for
    4 not more than 5 years, or both, if no bodily injury
    5 occurs and—
    6 ‘‘(A) the offense results in economic dam7
    age exceeding $10,000 but not exceeding
    8 $100,000; or
    9 ‘‘(B) the offense instills in another the rea10
    sonable fear of serious bodily injury or death;
    11 ‘‘(4) a fine under this title or imprisonment for
    12 not more than 10 years, or both, if—
    13 ‘‘(A) the offense results in economic dam14
    age exceeding $100,000; or
    15 ‘‘(B) the offense causes substantial bodily
    16 injury to another individual;
    17 ‘‘(5) a fine under this title or imprisonment for
    18 not more than 20 years, or both, if—
    19 ‘‘(A) the offense results in serious bodily
    20 injury to another individual; or
    21 ‘‘(B) the offense results in economic dam22
    age exceeding $1,000,000; and
    23 ‘‘(6) a fine under this title and imprisonment
    24 for life or for any term of years, or both, if the of25
    fense results in death of another individual.
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    1 ‘‘(c) RESTITUTION.—An order of restitution under
    2 section 3663 or 3663A of this title with respect to a viola3
    tion of this section may also include restitution—
    4 ‘‘(1) for the reasonable cost of repeating any
    5 experimentation that was interrupted or invalidated
    6 as a result of the offense;
    7 ‘‘(2) for the loss of food production or farm in8
    come reasonably attributable to the offense; and
    9 ‘‘(3) for any other economic damage, including
    10 any losses or costs caused by economic disruption,
    11 resulting from the offense.
    12 ‘‘(d) DEFINITIONS.—As used in this section—
    13 ‘‘(1) the term ‘animal enterprise’ means—
    14 ‘‘(A) a commercial or academic enterprise
    15 that uses or sells animals or animal products
    16 for profit, food or fiber production, agriculture,
    17 education, research, or testing;
    18 ‘‘(B) a zoo, aquarium, animal shelter, pet
    19 store, breeder, furrier, circus, or rodeo, or other
    20 lawful competitive animal event; or
    21 ‘‘(C) any fair or similar event intended to
    22 advance agricultural arts and sciences;
    23 ‘‘(2) the term ‘course of conduct’ means a pat24
    tern of conduct composed of 2 or more acts, evidenc25
    ing a continuity of purpose;
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    1 ‘‘(3) the term ‘economic damage’—
    2 ‘‘(A) means the replacement costs of lost
    3 or damaged property or records, the costs of re4
    peating an interrupted or invalidated experi5
    ment, the loss of profits, or increased costs, in6
    cluding losses and increased costs resulting
    7 from threats, acts or vandalism, property dam8
    age, trespass, harassment, or intimidation taken
    9 against a person or entity on account of that
    10 person’s or entity’s connection to, relationship
    11 with, or transactions with the animal enter12
    prise; but
    13 ‘‘(B) does not include any lawful economic
    14 disruption (including a lawful boycott) that re15
    sults from lawful public, governmental, or busi16
    ness reaction to the disclosure of information
    17 about an animal enterprise;
    18 ‘‘(4) the term ‘physical obstruction’ means ren19
    dering impassable ingress to or egress from an ani20
    mal enterprise facility, or rendering passage to or
    21 from such a facility unreasonably difficult;
    22 ‘‘(5) the term ‘serious bodily injury’ means—
    23 ‘‘(A) injury posing a substantial risk of
    24 death;
    25 ‘‘(B) extreme physical pain;
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    1 ‘‘(C) protracted and obvious disfigurement;
    2 or
    3 ‘‘(D) protracted loss or impairment of the
    4 function of a bodily member, organ, or mental
    5 faculty; and
    6 ‘‘(6) the term ‘substantial bodily injury’
    7 means—
    8 ‘‘(A) deep cuts and serious burns or abra9
    sions;
    10 ‘‘(B) short-term or nonobvious disfigure11
    ment;
    12 ‘‘(C) fractured or dislocated bones, or torn
    13 members of the body;
    14 ‘‘(D) significant physical pain;
    15 ‘‘(E) illness;
    16 ‘‘(F) short-term loss or impairment of the
    17 function of a bodily member, organ, or mental
    18 faculty; or
    19 ‘‘(G) any other significant injury to the
    20 body.
    21 ‘‘(e) RULES OF CONSTRUCTION.—Nothing in this
    22 section shall be construed—
    23 ‘‘(1) to prohibit any expressive conduct (includ24
    ing peaceful picketing or other peaceful demonstra-
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    1 tion) protected from legal prohibition by the First
    2 Amendment to the Constitution;
    3 ‘‘(2) to create new remedies for interference
    4 with activities protected by the free speech or free
    5 exercise clauses of the First Amendment to the Con6
    stitution, regardless of the point of view expressed,
    7 or to limit any existing legal remedies for such inter8
    ference; or
    9 ‘‘(3) to provide exclusive criminal penalties or
    10 civil remedies with respect to the conduct prohibited
    11 by this action, or to preempt State or local laws that
    12 may provide such penalties or remedies.’’.
    13 (b) CLERICAL AMENDMENT.—The item relating to
    14 section 43 in the table of sections at the beginning of
    15 chapter 3 of title 18, United States Code, is amended to
    16 read as follows:
    ‘‘43. Force, violence, and threats involving animal enterprises.’’.
    17 (c) AMENDMENTS RELATING TO SUBSTANTIAL BOD18
    ILY INJURY.—
    19 (1) Section 2118 of title 18, United States
    20 Code, is amended by striking ‘‘significant’’ each
    21 place it appears other than in subsection (e) and in22
    serting ‘‘serious’’.
    23 (2) Section 2118(e) of title 18, United States
    24 Code, is amended—
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    1 (A) by striking ‘‘significant’’ the first place
    2 it appears and inserting ‘‘serious’’;
    3 (B) by inserting ‘‘substantial’’ before ‘‘risk
    4 of death’’; and
    5 (C) by striking ‘‘significant physical pain’’
    6 and inserting ‘‘extreme physical pain’’.
    7 (3) Section 113(b)(1) of title 18, United States
    8 Code, is amended to read as follows:
    9 ‘‘(1) the term ‘substantial bodily injury’
    10 means—
    11 ‘‘(A) deep cuts and serious burns or abra12
    sions;
    13 ‘‘(B) short-term or nonobvious disfigure14
    ment;
    15 ‘‘(C) fractured or dislocated bones, or torn
    16 members of the body;
    17 ‘‘(D) significant physical pain;
    18 ‘‘(E) illness;
    19 ‘‘(F) short-term loss or impairment of the
    20 function of a bodily member, organ, or mental
    21 faculty; or
    22 ‘‘(G) any other significant injury to the
    23 body; and’’.
    ئ
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  • #2
    What??? Okay, I got that it is a bill being introduced to protect animal based businesses, but there was so much convoluted language and type O's that it did not make for an easy read, or am I a total dumbass??? Don't answer that...lol
    SheilaB from SC

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    • #3
      Condenced version

      Hey, what can I say, I use readers digest for the same reason.

      Please condense into a couple of english sentences.
      I just don't have the time.

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      • #4
        I called Sen. Feinstein's office in DC this morning. As per Nick, this bill was signed by President Bush in Oct/Nov 2006.

        Everyone please call up your elected officials and ask what proposed animal or grooming bills are being discussed. If possible post them or at least there number.

        The way I read the bill is: PETA style tactics are not to be tolerated.

        MarkyMark

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        • #5
          Sounds like the government is becoming wise to the fact that the animal "rights" movement does FAR more harm to both humans and the animals they claim to want to save.... And these people are going to be treated as the criminals they are. PETA, HSUS, and all the other animal rights lunatic groups are such hypocrites.

          How many dogs did PETA/HSUS KILL after "rescuing" them in the Katrina aftermath? They either euthanized them or played judge, jury and executioner when owners THEY deemed unfit for whatever reason tried to claim their pets and refused to return the animals to their rightful OWNERS.

          After the blizzard/ice storm in western KS/eastern CO this January, cattle ranchers, desperate to feed their livestock and unable to get feed for (or to) them. These animal rights loons, who claim to be all about helping animals refused, saying "why should we save them now so they can end up on someone's dinner plate in six months?" As if starving to death is easier on the cattle than an instant death at the slaughterhouse.

          PETA has "liberated" many valuable show dogs onto busy city streets.

          They got away with STEALING several dogs and cats (including healthy puppies and kittens) last summer (okay "adopting" them under the false pretense of finding homes for them) from shelters and animal hospitals in SC. And then they euthanized them in the "rescue" van, dumping the bodies in a grocery store dumpster. They got away with it, only being convicted of littering.

          A few years ago they also "liberated" a pen of valuable bucking horses from a rodeo grounds in Wisconsin. Several horses ran out onto a highway and were, themselves injured and caused serious damage to the vehicles that hit them.

          The buckets of blood and "unhappy meals" they hand out to young children as well as their coloring books accusing a mother who wears fur or cooks meat of being a blood-thirsty murderer.... It's disgusting. These organizations are evil and need to lose their non-profit status immediately.

          These people NEED to be stopped. I'm glad their tactics are being called for what they are--terrorism.

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          • #6
            peta = people eating tasty animals

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            • #7
              Originally posted by piffy View Post
              peta = people eating tasty animals
              ROFL that is too funny
              If your dog is fat, you are not getting enough exercise!

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