Rep. George Nethercutt (R-Wash.), introduced the "Ecoterrorism Act of 2004" to protect and promote public safety and interstate commerce. The bill would establish federal criminal penalties and civil remedies for violent, threatening, obstructive and destructive conduct that is intended to injure, intimidate or interfere with plant or animal enterprises.

This bill would protect livestock from tampering by ecoterrorists. Following introduction, the bill was referred to the House Judiciary Committee for consideration.

  For more information on the bill, click here.