In response to the recent animal rights-related fire bombings and acts of domestic terrorism focused on researchers at University of California-Santa Cruz, The Humane Society of the United States  on Aug. 8 offered a $2,500 reward for information related to the attacks. However, the $2,500 reward is only a mere fraction of the funds HSUS spent fighting passage of domestic terrorism legislation in several states and the Animal Enterprise Protection Act in the past few years, which passed in spite of HSUS’ efforts, reports Animal Agriculture Alliance.

Concurrently, the California state legislature is considering a bill to protect researchers that use animals as study models. Assembly Bill 2296 would make it easier for police to cite individuals for trespassing and makes it illegal to post personal information about a researcher with the intent to incite violence.