jesse bans animal rescue?

rosaphil (rugosa@interport.net)
Sun, 23 May 1999 12:27:28 -0400 (EDT)


i smell a few very large adn highly embarassing to ag-con-cos lawsuits and
other court challenges.

live accornding to jesse ventura: save fetuses, nein; kill doggies and
kitty-cats in a very gruesom and useless manner, javol mein herr!

so much for reverence for life!

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Subject: Fw: Frontline: Anti-ALF Bill Passes Legislature (MN, USA)


   Frontline Information Service   -   Press Office Update 5/21/99
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Anti-ALF Bill Passes Minnesota Legislature
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An omnibus criminal prevention and judiciary finance bill which includes
provisions that increase civil penalties for liberating animals and make
third parties also liable for damages passed both houses of the
Minnesota Legislature on Saturday May 15th.  The bill seeks to make
persons or
organizations that claim responsibility for liberations liable for three
times the actual damages.  Originally the provisions were part of a
separate bill which also made it a gross misdemeanor to take
responsibility for a crime; later they were amended to the larger bill.
In conference committee the criminal section was striken out, and the
retroactive effect of the remaining part was removed.  All that keeps
the bill from becoming law is the signature of Governor Jesse Ventura,
but since the Legislature adjourns today and the bill is an annual one 
that provides necessary funding to state programs, a veto is more or
less out 
of the question.  Unfortunately, the section about releasing animals
cannot 
be removed by line-item veto because it's not an appropriations
section.  
If signed into law, section 346.56 of Minnesota Statutes will read as
follows:

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346.56  [UNAUTHORIZED RELEASE OF ANIMALS.]
     Subd. 1. Repealed, 1989 c 55 s 3

     Subd. 2.  [LIABILITY FOR DAMAGES.] A person who without permission
releases an animal lawfully confined for science, research, commerce,
or 
education is liable:

   (1) to the owner of the animal for damages, including the costs of
restoring the animal to confinement and to its health condition prior to
release;
   (2) for damage to personal and real property caused by the released
animal;
   (3) if the release causes the failure or interruption of an
experiment, for all costs of repeating the experiment, including
replacement of the animals, labor, and materials; and
   (4) for any other damage the person causes to property in the
facility from which the animal was released.

     Subd. 3.  [AMOUNT OF DAMAGES.] A person who is damaged under
subdivision 2, clause (3) or (4), is entitled to recover a minimum of
$5,000 or three times the actual damages incurred by that person under
subdivision 2, clause (3) or (4), whichever is greater, and punitive
damages, costs, and reasonable attorney fees.

     Subd. 4.  [THIRD PARTY LIABILITY; PRESUMPTION.] A person or
organization who plans or assists in the development of a plan to
release, without permission, an animal lawfully confined for science,
research, commerce, or education, or who otherwise aids, advises, hires,
counsels, or encourages another to commit the act is jointly and
severally liable for all damages under subdivision 3.  

There is a rebuttable presumption that a person or organization who
claims
responsibility for the act is liable under this subdivision.

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