A federal appeals court upheld the convictions of two animal rights activists who released 2000 mink from a Morris, Illinois farm five years ago.
According to Reuters, the farm in question raised mink in order to sell to fur makers. But during August 2013, Kevin Johnson and Tyler Lang decided to remove the fencing which allowed the animals to escape. They also destroyed cards used to identify the animal’s breed and spray painted Liberation is Love on a barn. In all, the total cost of the incident was estimated at $120,000 to $200,000.
Johnson and Lang were both charged under the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) in which the main purpose of the appeal was to challenge the constitutionality of the law claiming it was too vague and could be applied to other forms of speech. The defendants justified their actions (as articulated by their fundraising website) as liberating animals so they would not suffer a violent death.
Fortunately, the three judges who heard the case correctly made the distinction between protected speech and acts of terrorism in their ruling. Circuit Judge Ann Claire Williams who authored the court’s decision stated:
“Congress was concerned about actions by extremists such as arson and bombings. Both of those crimes involve destruction of property and are extremely violent,” Williams wrote. “The word ‘terrorism’ certainly bears a rational relationship to many of the acts covered by [the] AETA.”
Thankfully justice was served in this and, the worst part about it, it is likely that most of the mink the two terrorists released are dead. If these two cared about the lives of the mink they would raise money or try to buy them. But animal rights isn’t about the humane treatment of animals, but the animalistic treatment of humans.
Kevin Johnson and Tyler Lang had only one thing on their minds that day in August 2013: destruction. And that is what they wrought. Fortunately, the two terrorists were caught and will now spend hard time in the savage culture of prison which is equal, if not worse, than the the savagery of the animal kingdom that they revere. Then again, the two may end up feeling right at home since they are nihilistic savages to the core.