UK Tells SHAC: Call Off The Dogs

Two years ago I was attacked as I got out of my car. Three men in balaclavas jumped on me. They squirted something into my face. It blinded me temporarily. They punched and hit me. I staggered towards the front door and slammed the door behind me. As I lay on the floor in the front hall with my wife and child looking on, two bricks were thrown, breaking windows.

That’s how one Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) employee describes his treatment at the hands of the violent animal liberation group called Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC), in the Guardian, a London tabloid. The Center for Consumer Freedom’s sister website includes a profile of SHAC that tells dozens of similar stories. The Guardian also reports that “Brian Cass, the [HLS] chief executive, was beaten by baseball bats,” and that local police have been forced to spend nearly four million pounds (about $6 million) protecting HLS from SHAC.

Huntingdon won an injunction yesterday that prevents animal liberation militants from going anywhere near its employees’ homes. But SHAC is not deterred. Heather James, who in 2001 was sentenced to 12 months in prison for conspiracy to harm HLS employees, proclaims:

This will not stop our campaign against HLS. We will work around it. It doesn’t cover customers or their suppliers. We will continue to target them.

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