California Activists Arrested under Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act

On February 20th, 2009, four California animal rights activists, Nathan Pope, Adriana Stumpo, Joseph Buddenberg, and Maryam Khajavi, now collectively known as the AETA4, were arrested under suspicion of violating the federal Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA). Their alleged crimes include protesting outside vivisectors' homes and publishing their names and addresses, activities that are protected by the First Amendment.

The arrests of the AETA4 mark a dramatic escalation by the federal government and abusive industries against animal rights and environmental activism. Their arrests marked the first under the Bush Administration's controversial Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, signed into law in 2006. The AETA statute was introduced at the behest of wealthy biomedical and agri-business industry front groups. It passed with inadequate notice, and with only a handful of Congresspersons present for the vote. It is currently being challenged as being un-constitutional.

One Year Update

February 20, 2010 marks the one-year anniversary of the arrests of Joseph Buddenberg, Maryam Khajavi, Nathan Pope, and Adriana Stump. To mark this symbolic occasion and to provide them with the much-needed moral and financial support as they continue to await a federal trial, we're calling for the weekend of February 19-21, 2010 to be a weekend of support for the AETA4. Please consider donating much-needed money to their legal defense fund. Thank you!

How you can help

Please donate to NARN's AETA4 Legal Defense Fund. All funds will be used to assist the four activists with legal expenses.






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