Prison for animal rights campaigners in Britain
Three British animal rights campaigners who targeted firms and individuals
linked to an animal testing science laboratory were given jail sentences ranging
from 15 months to four years.
A judge at the Old Bailey Criminal Court in London found the man and two
women, aged between 35 and 48, guilty of waging a campaign of 'intimidation'
against the company, Huntingdon Life Sciences, near Cambridge.
Mark Taylor, 39, was given the maximum term of four years for targeting
firms working with the science laboratory. His wife, Suzanne, 35, was sentenced
to two-and-a-half years, and Teresa Portwine, 48, was given 15 months. The judge
said their intention was to 'intimidate and frighten' ordinary members of staff.
All three had previously pleaded guilty to the offence of conspiracy to
interfere with a contractual relationship.
The court heard that the trio
attacked 25 separate targets, including a haulage firm which delivered animal
feed to the Huntingdon laboratory. Huntingdon, which carries out cancer and
other medical research on animals, works together with major drug firms in
Britain, Europe and the US.
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