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Federal Jury Convicts Animal Welfare Activists

posted on March 3, 2006

Freedom of speech did not protect an animal rights group in a New Jersey court this week. The organization, Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC), was convicted of inciting violence against a company that tests household products and drugs on animals.

Six members of the group unsuccessfully argued that their campaign of threats, harassment and vandalism was protected by the First Amendment.

Many of SHAC's targets were lab employees whose homes were vandalized.

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