Our government is trying to silence the animal rights movement (and any other activist movement it deems a threat) by any means necessary.  Here is one of three interviews I will put up that explains exactly how they are going about it and why.

Aired on April 9, 2013 on Democracy Now.

Interview with Andrew Stephanian, animal rights activist and co-founder of The Sparrow Project.

Here are two excerpts from the video below:

“As efforts grow to target activists who expose animal abuse, we speak to Andrew Stepanian, who was sentenced to three years in prison in 2006 for violating a controversial law known as the Animal Enterprise Protection Act. Stepanian and several others were jailed for their role in a campaign to stop animal testing by the British scientific firm Huntingdon Life Sciences. They were convicted of using a website to “incite attacks” on those who did business with Huntingdon Life Sciences. Together, the group became known as the SHAC 7. He was held for part of his sentence at a secretive prison called a Communication Management Unit in Marion, Illinois. The highly restrictive prison holds mostly Arab and Muslim men. The environmental activist Daniel McGowan was also held at a CMU. In December, McGowan was released to a New York City halfway house after spending five-and-a-half years in prison for his role in two acts of arson as a member of the Earth Liberation Front. Last week, McGowan was briefly detained again just days after he published an article for The Huffington Post about the CMUs.”

“A front-page article in The New York Times called “Taping of Farm Cruelty Is Becoming the Crime” notes that a dozen or so legislatures have introduced bills that target people who go undercover to expose farm animal abuse. These so-called “ag-gag” bills would make it illegal to covertly videotape livestock farms or apply for a job at one without disclosing affiliations with animal rights groups. And Andrew Stepanian joins us right here in our New York studio.”



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