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Brian Leonard's comments:
It was very discouraging to hear the criminal defense attorney on the radio assert that the federal definition of terrorism is too broad and should not encompass threats or acts which target property destruction. Does this criminal defense attorney feel that the book should be thrown at those arsonists who intentionally torch a forest? I would like to ask this criminal defense attorney how many acres of forest would need to burn before intentionally setting a forest fire could and should be charged as terrorism under the federal statute? Even if an arsonist guesses right and nobody is in the building (or forest) when the fire is set, firemen called to put out the fire could be hurt or killed. Non-human animals could also be burned. Setting fires or vandalizing medical or research facilities or making veiled or other threats to harm scientists is not the right (or left way) to peacefully make change. I suspect that many of us in the Northwest believe that logging should be limited to private lands, that sacrificing animals for food is reasonable (despite any choice to personally be a vegetarian--biologically humans are omnivores), and that sacrificing animals for medical research is absolutely necessary and saves and betters human lives (humans are complex organisms and you can't test human medical treatments on simple bacteria---we can?t make humans into big guinea pigs to protect the cute little furry ones). Do any of the animal rights extremists let their house cats (an invasive species) roam free and prey on pretty native songbirds? Do they know that letting their house cats roam free heightens the risk that their cats and pregnant women will be infected with toxoplasmosis and that this causes human birth defects and mental retardation? Perhaps they should read about toxoplasmosis on the March of Dimes website and then they might consider a peaceful alternative to ecoterrorism, namely keeping their kitty inside for its health and for the sake of native songbirds and human mothers and children. In general it seems that science in America is under attack from the Right (e.g., the creationists who try to degrade scientific education, the Bush administration for its distortion of science in managing the forest and discharging its duty to protect the environment, the USDA which won't let slaughterhouses test each cow for mad cow disease) and from the Left (the animal rights extremists who threaten plant and animal research facilities and workers). Decisions should be based on best available science. Hug a scientist as well as a tree. Both wonderful and both deserve and need a hug. And keep kitty inside the house for mom?s and baby?s sake and to make Spring a little less silent.
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