S.544 - Animal Enterprise Protection Act of 1992102nd Congress (1991-1992)
Summary: S.544 — 102nd Congress (1991-1992)
Passed House amended (08/04/1992)
Animal Enterprise Protection Act of 1992 - Amends Federal criminal law to provide a fine or up to one year in prison, or both, for anyone who: (1) travels in interstate or foreign commerce or uses the mail or any facility in such commerce; and (2) intentionally physically disrupts the functioning of an animal enterprise by intentionally stealing, damaging, or causing the loss of enterprise property, including animals and records (or conspiring to do so), and thereby causes it more than $10,000 of economic damage.
Increases the imprisonment penalty to: (1) not more than ten years if such offense causes serious bodily injury to an individual; and (2) life if such offense results in the death of an individual.
Provides that a related order of restitution may include restitution for: (1) lost projects from food production or farm income; and (2) repeat experimentation costs.
Defines "animal enterprise" as: (1) a commercial or academic enterprise that uses animals for food or fiber production, agriculture, research, or testing; (2) a zoo, aquarium, circus, rodeo, or lawful competitive animal event; or (3) a fair or similar event intended to advance agricultural arts and sciences.
Excludes from the meaning of "physical disruption" any disruption that results from lawful public, governmental, or animal facility employee reaction to the disclosure of facility information.
Directs the Secretary of Agriculture and the Attorney General to jointly: (1) study the extent and effect of domestic and international terrorism on facilities using animals for food or fiber production, agriculture, research, or testing; and (2) report to the Congress within one year after enactment of this Act.