We All Have Something to Fear: Rachel Meeropol on Challenging the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act

Does organizing a boycott or picketing a store make you a terrorist?

Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Photo by NNECAPA

Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Photo by NNECAPA

Rachel Meeropol is lead counsel of a court challenge to the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA). The lawsuit claims that the AETA is so vague that it potentially applies to anyone who speaks out against cruel practices, documents abuse, or attends a protest. With activists unable to determine which nonviolent activities might land them in jail, an entire social justice movement is chilled — an outcome that benefits the meat, animal testing, and fur industries.

Meeropol will give us some history about how the AETA (and similar previous laws) have been used against activists, and walk us through what the new court challenge is trying to accomplish.

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