On May 2nd 2016, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California sentenced animal activist Joseph Buddenberg to two years in federal prison for Conspiracy to Violate the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA).
Buddenberg and his fellow activist Nicole Kissane made a 40,000 mile road trip to free thousands of minks from mink farms. In reality they are heroes who saved thousands of lives, but law says they are terrorists. Such a shame, saving animals is considered illegal but torturing animals in the name of fashion and lab experiments is legal and is protected by law.
As per this law, saving animals from harm is terrorism, but animal cruelty in labs and fur farms are protected by law. Can you believe it?
If the same fur farm torture gets to be done to any human instead, then it’s outrageous and the one’s doing it, he or she will be tagged as a psychopath, then why is it any different for the one’s animal cruelty? Why are the saviours labeled as terrorists? Are we forgetting the fact that humans are also animals?
Many studies over the years have found out that humans are no better than animals, we don’t hold that special status that most of us think we do.
So on what ground other animal lives are any less than human lives?
Humans are naturally compassionate. But most of change from the way we are and turn blind eyed to suffering, and in most cases greed is what changes people turning their hearts dark. That’s one reason why compassion got Joseph labeled as a terrorist.Don’t you think it should be the other way round?
The one who tortures and murders animals are the ones’ who are terrorists, not the one who saves them.
Buddenberg and his co-defendant Nicole Kissane were indicted under the AETA last July. Earlier this year, both signed non-cooperating plea agreements; While Buddenberg gets two years, Kissane’s sentence hearing is scheduled for June.