[Ppnews] 3 animal-rights activists sent to prison
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Tue Sep 12 16:52:32 EDT 2006
3 animal-rights activists sent to prison
By BETH DeFALCO
The Associated Press
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) Three animal-rights
activists convicted of using their Web site to
incite threats and harassment against a company
that tests products on animals received prison
sentences ranging from four to six years Tuesday.
They were also ordered to pay a total of $1
million in restitution to the company and people they terrorized.
Three other members of Stop Huntingdon Animal
Cruelty are awaiting sentencing within the next two weeks.
Along with the organization itself, the six
activists were convicted in March of using a Web
site to incite threats, harassment and vandalism
against Huntingdon Life Sciences, a company that
tests drugs and household products on animals.
The government charged that the group waged a
five-year campaign against the company, posting
the names, addresses and phone numbers of
Huntington employees and those who do business
with the company, and personal information such
as where they go to church and where their children attend school.
Many of those people saw their homes vandalized
and received threatening e-mails, faxes and phone calls.
The group, based in Philadelphia, maintains its
actions were protected under the First Amendment.
The defendants, all in their late 20s or early
30s, were not accused of directly making threats or carrying out vandalism.
The three sentenced were the president of SHAC,
Kevin Kjonaas of Minnesota; campaign coordinator
Lauren Gazzola of Connecticut; and Web site
manager Jacob Conroy of California. Kjonaas was
sentenced to six years in prison, Gazzola to four
years and four months, and Conroy to four years.
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