The act, they contend, will not deter violence by zealots
Scientists whose labs and offices have been victimized by the arson, burglary, and property damage of animal rights activists insist that a new law, the Animal Enterprise Protection Act of 1992, will not end the long string of violence. The legislation, signed two months ago by President Bush, adds vandalism of animal research labs, or "animal enterprise terrorism," according to the law, to federal criminal statutes.

The Department of Justice has stated that the FBI will be primarily responsible for enforcing the law.

Some pro-animal research groups lobbied hard for the measure as Congress was considering it.

Yet many scientists--along with some law enforcement officials and several animal rights advocates--say the actions of militant animal liberationists are already illegal and carry hefty penalties in most states. So, they say, making these same crimes federal will have a minimal effect on...

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