Legislators' Association Gives Nod to Model Terrorism Bill

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Draft legislation, prepared by the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance as part of a nationwide campaign to combat animal rights terrorism, has been adopted as an official model by a national coalition of state lawmakers.

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a bipartisan membership association promoting individual liberty and limited government, has approved the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Animal & Ecological Terrorism Act as model legislation. ALEC’s Criminal Justice Task Force approved the model in December, and the Review Board had 30 days to make any changes.

This is an important step to educate state legislators about the growing problem of animal rights terrorism. Twenty-four hundred state legislators belong to ALEC.

The Animal & Ecological Terrorism Act specifically recognizes animal and eco-terrorism as forms of domestic terrorism; increases penalties for persons participating in politically motivated acts of animal and eco-terrorism and creates specific penalties for those who encourage, assist or finance these acts of terror.

Texas Representative Ray Allen (R-Dallas) was the first to introduce legislation based on the model. His Texas bill is part of the Alliance’s national campaign to combat animal rights terrorism on a state-by-state basis. Six other states are preparing to introduce similar bills.

If you would like more information about the Animal & Ecological Terrorism Act, please contact Rob Sexton, U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance vice president for government affairs at (614) 888-4868 ext. 207 or rsexton@ussportsmen.org.