TERRORISM DEPT.: The new Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) may get its first test in a case against the city of Portland, Ore., and possibly against one or more agencies of the federal government.
Portland retailer Schumacher Furs & Outerwear, which claims the city has ignored his many complaints of terrorism and harassment in more than a year-long campaign by animal activists, is now planning to seek relief in a federal court.
Schumacher has already filed a tort claim against the city (SPR, April 26) and now will test the new law which expands existing prohibitions to include harassment and threats against secondary and tertiary targets.
According to owner Greg Schumacher, local police have told him they have no intention of enforcing a federal law. He also claims to have received a similar response from a U.S. marshal.