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Breaking into labs now a violation of federal law

STANFORD - President Bush signed into law, on Aug. 26, legislation that makes breaking into animal research facilities and farms a federal offense.

The Enterprise Protection Act of 1992 offers new protection to animal researchers and their facilities by imposing stiff federal penalties on those who commit violent and unlawful acts as a means of protesting animal research.

The law is a compromise between the House Committees on Agriculture and Judiciary, each of which had approved different versions of the bill Aug. 6. After the House passed the Agriculture-Judiciary compromise Aug. 4, the Senate took action and passed by voice vote the House amended bill.

Rep. Charles Stenholm (D-Texas) and Sen. Howell Heflin (D-Ala.) were the original sponsors of the legislation.



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