TEA Party Lawmaker Says Animal Shelter Workers are Terrorist Threat

A Montana TEA Party legislator yesterday said during a speech on the floor of the House of Theresa ManzellaRepresentatives yesterday that animal shelter workers were a terrorist threat.

TEA Party Rep. Theresa Manzella (R-Ravalli) is sponsoring a bill would eliminate the ability of law enforcement to use animal shelter staff to assist in the rescue and sheltering of animals in cases of alleged animal cruelty and abuse.  (HB 179) Apparently she believes one reason the bill is needed is that animal shelter workers are likely terrorists.

“During the past several years special interest extremism as characterized Animal Liberation Front and the Earth Liberation Front has emerged as a serious terrorist threat.

The FBI estimates that these organizations have committed at least 600 criminal acts in the United states since 1996.  resulting in damages in excess of $42 million.  Today, those people who have been convicted of their crimes, of the damages in estimation of
$42 million, they work for the Humane Society of the United States.

One in particular, his goal is the total abolition of animal agriculture. I ‘d like you to keep that in mind.”

You can hear her speech, delivered on the floor of the Montana House of Representatives on February 16, 2015, on Youtube here:

This ludicrous conspiracy mongering is a disservice to Montanans.  It is beneath us, and does not belong in Montana’s lawmaking process.

Meanwhile Republicans in the Montana state senators managed to vote down a good bill by Sen. Tom Facey (D-Missoula) last week that would have required animal abusers to pay a bond for the animals’ care  after they have been removed by law enforcement.  They managed to kill the common sense measure without calling anyone terrorists.   That bill was SB 115.



25 Comments on "TEA Party Lawmaker Says Animal Shelter Workers are Terrorist Threat"

  1. This woman is as loony as lunatics can be.

  2. It’s becoming increasingly obvious that the goal of Montana Republicans is to make women look so dumb and incompetent that no one in Montana will elect them again. Check another one off the 19th-century list.

  3. Oh my. I don’t think this one is operating on a full tank.

  4. Theresa Manzella is a cohort of disgraced Ravalli County Treasurer Valerie Stamey and of Suzie Foss, former Ravalli County Commissioner and is crazier than both of them. That should be enough said. When Ravalli citizens voted out Suzie because of the Valery debacle they patted themselves on the back as if they’d gotten rid of such nonsense. Mistake. Nancy Ballance and Manzella are the Ravalli undead who walk the halls of Helena thanks to too many clueless voters south of Missoula. You’re welcome. Jee—zus!

    • Well said Bill, we’re being overrun again by the Toxic Zombie bill ‘walker’s – gun, religious and Koch ZEALOTS swarming the capitol again, and again while THREE HUNDRED Montanans are dying every year for lack
      of preventative healthcare we could have instituted in the last session!

  5. Ms. Manzella is obsessed with the “threat” of the animal rights (AR) movement and sees animals as nothing more than personal property to be disposed of at the “owner’s” discretion. Here’s her take on the AR movement, gleaned from a seminar she sponsored a few years ago: “The Animal Rights Movement: A beast that needs to be slain” http://www.othernationsjustice.org/?p=4563
    Here’s her justification for horse slaughter: “Horse slaughter: What would Jesus do?” http://www.othernationsjustice.org/?p=1387
    I’m grateful that the legislature saw through her extremist personal vendetta and rejected HB179 with a vote of 48-52.

  6. So let me get this straight. Ms. Manzella, an animal welfare activist who runs a non-profit animal (horse) rescue “focused on preventing criminal animal neglect while at the same time preserving owners’ rights”, fears using “humane animal shelter” staff to rescue animals from animal facilities accused of neglect without the accused owner’s consent since humane shelter staff may be, in her mind, terrorist animal rights activists predisposed to seeing animal neglect where there is none because they are hell bent on putting animal rights above human rights and thereby conspiring to put an end to “animal agriculture”. Or something like that.

    As Manzella says: “God gave me dominion over my animals and placed it on my human heart to be a humane and responsible steward, which is what separates me from the animals; a moral conscience. Honestly, I don’t need, and will not tolerate the atheistic, animal rights movement’s attempt to replace my moral compass.”


    When all of the God-approved self-righteous posturing, conspiracy theory confabulation, and ad hominem attacks are cut away, this is just another form of paranoid ag-gag legislation aimed at protecting an industry with many things relative to the treatment of animals it knows it desperately needs to hide.

  7. What’s next? Burning Kittens? I don’t ‘get’ these people?

  8. Money often changes things.

  9. A constant lie being spread by these Tea-Taliban nutcases is that animal conservation groups is the #1 domestic threat on US soil. Although this was true about a decade ago all one needs to do is look up the current FBI threat to see that’s a lie.

    Who is the current #1 domestic terrorist threat on US soil? Sovereign citizens and anti-gov militias along with hate groups and radical anti-government groups such as Aryan Nation, KKK, and secessionists . All Tea Party members belong to at least one of these groups. In the case of Manzella she belongs to at least two of these groups. So, who is the FBI’s most threatening domestic terrorists group in the United States? It’s no wonder these Tea-Taliban keeps pointing fingers at everyone except at themselves. They are a threat to our nation and need stopped.

    • It didn’t help that Geo. W. Bush enacted the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, a law so broad and vague that it makes “terrorists” of citizens who are exercising their First Amendment rights. From the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law: “AETA promotes the maximization of profits for all industries that use animals as commodities and inanimate disposables, and the minimization of interference with those enterprises by those concerned with the wretched suffering of animals.” For a complete education on AETA, visit the Other Nations website page dedicated to it–you’ll also find there a flowchart to help you determine if you’re a terrorist! http://www.othernationsjustice.org/?page_id=3582

  10. And Nancy Ballance, was it indeed an honor to be chosen,
    to introduce 2015 ‘right to work’ legislation?

  11. Is Rep. Theresa Manzella another in the long line of MT Tea-Party carpetbaggers? It appears she is from Michigan. Why do so many move to Montana only to try and transform and indoctrinate our great state?

  12. http://www.valleyjournal.net/Article/8752/Fur-farm-targeted-by-ecoterrorists

    Fur farm targeted by ecoterrorists

    Issue Date: 4/9/2014
    Last Updated: 4/8/2014 4:17:37 PM | By Megan Strickland

    A Ronan family business has become a Mecca of sorts for ecoterrorists hoping to strike a blow against the fur industry.

    March 7 was the latest attack on the Fraser Fur Farm, located off Terrace Lake Road. On that night people who label themselves as “activists” entered the farm with intent to release all animals from cages, but were hindered by security floodlights and guard dogs. According to an anonymous claim circulated by Operation Bite Back and the Animal Liberation Front, the group managed to destroy the breeding records on the outside of cages in an attempt “to ensure the loss of irreplaceable genetic lines, rendering the breeding stock of a given fur-producing business lost.”…

    Prior to September 11, 2001, acts by Coronado and other members of the Animal Liberation Front led the Federal Bureau of Investigation to list ecoterrorism as one of the biggest threats to national security. In 2004 the FBI estimated that more than 1,100 crimes had been committed by the Animal Liberation Front and Earth Liberation Front since 1976 to the tune of more than $100 million in damage.

    In branding them Eco-terrorists, the FBI doesn’t care where ALF membership work. http://www.fbi.gov/news/testimony/the-threat-of-eco-terrorism

  13. It would be nice, Cowgirl, if you would focus that intense, investigative journalistic laser gaze on Democrats now and then. They are equally a problem, and might actually care what you think.

  14. Note to Ms. Manzella and others who protect animal exploitation: “Liberating animals is not terrorism.” ~Senior staff attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights.
    Yesterday in Chicago district federal court the constitutionality of the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act was challenged on behalf of two defendants accused of freeing minks from an IL fur farm. Excellent article here: http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/02/19/accused-terrorism-animal-rights-activists-head-federal-court

    • What a hoot. Trespassing on private land to damage private legally conducted businesses, destroy or damage private property including business records involves a host of possible criminally sanctioned behavior that intimidates and exposes others to harm. Labeling seems to be the least of concerns for such criminal activists. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-activists-plead-not-guilty-in-mink-farm-case-20140729-story.html

      • What a hoot.
        Trespassing – not terrorism
        Damage to property – not terrorism
        Damaging future profitability and records that facilitate such – not terrorism.

        Chill out, Craig. “Terrorism” is defined by those who seek a particular result, like the FBI in service to business interest against the eco-terrorists who throw paint on fur coats. Are you actually equating a cluster-F&@# midnight raid on a fur farm to the bombing of the Oklahoma City Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building? Why yes, yes you are.

        Seriously, man. That’s just stupid. Chill out.

        • http://www.start.umd.edu/gtd/using-gtd/

          Data Collection and the Definition of Terrorism

          Data for GTD1 (1970-1997) were collected by PGIS. The collectors of the PGIS database aimed to record every known terrorist event within and across countries and over time, as identified in multi-lingual news sources, for the purpose of performing risk analysis for U.S. businesses. Incidents were collected according to the following definition of terrorism:

          “the threatened or actual use of illegal force and violence by a non-state actor to attain a political, economic, religious, or social goal through fear, coercion, or intimidation.”

          It is well-recognized that divergent definitions of terrorism abound and that the nature and causes of terrorism are hotly contested by both governments and scholars. While certain broad elements of terrorism are generally agreed upon (such as the intentional use of violence), many other factors (such as whether the victims of terrorism must be non-combatants or whether terrorism requires a political motive) continue to be debated. Indeed, even where there is some consensus at the broadest level, there is often disagreement on the details.

          • People might be surprised to learn that deaths of westerners caused by acts of terrorism (including 9/11, home-grown in my view) number maybe four thousand since 1980 or so. Such events are rare and often suspicious, that is, we only know what we are allowed to know and think what it is suggested we think.

            On the other hand, deaths of Muslims and Arabs cased by western actors (mostly the United States military and CIA), conveniently defined as something other than terrorism as Craig notes above, number in the millions. Just during the Clinton era, over half a million Iraqi kids were starved to death by US-British sanctions, managed by the UN. Over a million Iraiqs died in the 2003 war, over a hundred thousand in the 1991 war. We’re kept completely in the dark about Libyan nightmare, and Syria is being framed as an internal revolution when it is an attack by outsde terrorist forces backed by the West.

            This is why I often come violently ill when I see people on high horses prattling on about how violent Muslims culture is, how the Qur’an is a book of violence. The biggest source of violence and terror on our planet is US foreign policy, unaffected by elections since at least 1963.

            At least I don’t blame Christians and that violent book they preach.

  15. “Had Lang and Johnson been accused of stealing mink coats to sell for their own profit, does anyone believe they would be facing terrorism charges?” ~The Center for Constitutional Rights

    I don’t condone criminal behavior, but in instances like this–where justice is at stake–I understand it. If two guys who free fur farm minks are “terrorists,” so were the people who served as conductors and ran safe houses on the Underground Railroad. Slaves, like sentient nonhumans, were nothing more than property exploited for economic gain. It’s an apt analogy.

    For anyone who doesn’t know much about fur farms but would like to learn more, see “Fur Farms: Whom would Jesus skin?” I mean, where else will you read about anal electrocution in the course of your day?!?

  16. Doesn’t our laws state that no law can be made by any lawmaker based on their religious beliefs? Yes, yes it does. What does that mean? It means that since this Theresa Manzella so loudly proclaims that everything she does is for her religion then any law she makes is against the US Constitution and therefor invalid.

    • There’s no religious test for holding office. But lawmakers can base their legislative decisions on their personal religious beliefs if they choose to do so. Whether they should do so is another question.

  17. Wow! This person gets paid to do this? Aren’t they required to get their facts straight? Where is the common sense?

  18. This woman, Manzella, is un-freaking-believable. I mean “animal shelter workers”?? Is she nuts? How do people like this get elected? The ignorance is stunning. If exposing abuse and misuse of other sentient being is terrorism, sign me up! These people are heroes
    p.s. There is some mental phenomenon that is likely not even named yet. It’s when people who defend animals incur immeasurable wrath from animal “welfarists”, if you can even call them that. Someone should do a study and write a book so that this particular form of mental illness can be recognized – and treated.

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