Summary: S.727 — 101st Congress (1989-1990)All Information (Except Text)

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Passed Senate amended (11/20/1989)

Animal Research Facilities Protection Act of 1989 - Amends the Food Security Act of 1985 to make it unlawful for any person to: (1) steal or cause the unauthorized release or intentional loss of any research facility animal; (2) damage, vandalize, or steal any animal research facility property; (3) break into a facility with an intent to destroy, alter, duplicate, or obtain unauthorized possession of records, equipment, or animals; (4) receive, conceal, or retain any converted or stolen material, equipment, or animals from a research facility; or (5) enter or remain in a research facility with the intent to commit an act prohibited by this Act.

Imposes a $5,000 fine and/or one year imprisonment for violations of this Act. Prescribes fines of up to $10,000 and up to ten years' imprisonment, or both, for willful and malicious violations causing harm to persons or property. Increases such penalties if a person's life is placed in jeopardy.

Provides for a private right of action for any research facility injured in its business or property by a violation of this Act.

Directs the Secretary of Agriculture and the Attorney General to jointly conduct a study on the extent and effects of domestic and international terrorism on facilities in which animals are used for research, food production, exhibition, or pets and to submit a report on the results of such study to certain congressional committees.