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August 21, 2008

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Justine

Thank you for publishing this well reasoned opinion piece. One of the Bush Administrations attacks on free speech is codified in the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act. This federal law criminalizes speech. Any speech or activity that negatively impacts (reduces profits) of an animal enterprise (puppy mills, research institutions, factory farms, fur farms etc) is now a federal felony. It is called terrorism to call for a boycott of Tyson because it tortures chickens and pollutes the earth. It is called terrorism to protest in front of a veal farm holding signs explaining the complicity of the dairy industry in the cruelty of the veal industry and the devastating impact both have on the environment.

There is no doubt that if transported to 2008 Benjamin Franklin would be ashamed of what our country has become. I know I am.

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