Activist who freed minks sentenced under rarely used U.S. terrorism law

By Justin Madden CHICAGO (Reuters) – A California animal rights activist who freed 2,000 minks from an Illinois fur farm in 2013 was sentenced on Wednesday to house arrest and ordered to pay $200,000 to the farm’s owners, prosecutors said. Tyler Lang, 27, was indicted in 2014 under the rarely used Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, a 2006 law making it a federal crime to cause damages or disruptions at zoos, circuses, breeding farms and other places. “Lang was not engaging in lawful activism or peaceful protest, but instead was committing a crime,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Bethany Biesenthal said in the government’s sentencing memorandum.Animal and Pet News

March 24, 2016 1:06 am

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