Protests start as animal rights activists charged with terrorism begin trial

[JURIST] About 70 animal rights protestors marched and chanted in protest outside a Trenton New Jersey courtroom Wednesday as the trial of seven activists charged with domestic terrorism began. The activists are all members of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty [advocacy website], a group opposed to the animal testing practices of British company Huntingdon Life Sciences [corporate website] which has a laboratory in New Jersey. They are charged with committing vandalism and harassment, including posting personal information about Huntington employees on the internet. Under the federal Animal Enterprise Protection Act [text], their alleged crimes are a form of domestic terrorism; The trial is expected to last into August. A senior FBI official told the US Senate Environment and Public Works Committee in May that animal rights and other violent environmental groups like Stop Huntington had become the top domestic terror threat [JURIST report]. AP has more. In testimony to

 

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