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In America, Rescuing a Piglet Makes You a Terrorist But Shooting Up a Concert Doesn’t

KRISTIN HUGO: ‘What is terrorism? According to the FBI, animal activists who stole two piglets from a farm were ‘terrorists’. As of now, Stephen Paddock, who killed 58 people at a country music concert in Las Vegas two weeks ago, has not been labeled a terrorist by the federal security organization. In a viral story posted on The Intercept, journalist Glenn Greenwald details an account of federal agents investigating animal activists and scouring farm-animal sanctuaries to find two missing piglets that allegedly had been stolen from a farm. The FBI devoted such resources to finding these two piglets because their alleged theft and the capturing of undercover videos of the farm’s conditions count as terrorism. Why is the piglet theft classified as terrorism, but not the Las Vegas shooting?… The U.S. is so concerned with animal rights extremism that there is specific legislation for them: The Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA). No other terrorism act targets a specific ideology. The law was created in 2006 in order to expand the scope of an investigation that led to the arrest of individuals based on their speeches and internet posts… In 2008 the FBI wrote, “Together, eco-terrorists and animal rights extremists are one of the most serious domestic terrorism threats in the U.S. today”

… The terrorism label does not mean the crimes of the animal rights activists are worse than the crimes of the Las Vegas shooter. But it does mean the FBI is able to do more thorough investigations of people with ideologies, including regarding animals.’ SOURCE…

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