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Lawsuit: Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act is Unconstitutional

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A new lawsuit challenges the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act as unconstitutional because it has given activists reason to fear that they could be prosecuted as "terrorists" for non-violent civil disobedience, protests, and First Amendment activity.

The lawsuit was filed by the Center for Constitutional Rights on behalf of 5 longtime animal rights activists. The activists say the vague wording of the law, and the corporate-led campaigns against animal rights activism, have made them alter their own advocacy.

The landmark case has implications for all social justice movement, beyond the animal rights activists targeted. It sets a dangerous precedent for labeling anyone who effectively threatens corporate profits a "terrorist." As the OWS grows rapidly, and has begun reclaiming foreclosed homes from banks and shutting down ports, this lawsuit couldn't come at a more pressing time.

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