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Animal rights activists sentenced to jail for campaign to shut-down cruel animal testing company

BT: ‘Two members of an… animal rights group have been sentenced for their part in a campaign… carried out across Europe including the use of incendiary devices aimed at shutting down a British animal testing company. British woman Natasha Simpkins and husband Swiss-born Sven Van Hasselt, both members of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (Shac), were sentenced at Winchester Crown Court after pleading guilty to conspiracy to blackmail. Van Hasselt, 31, was jailed for five years and Simpkins, 30, was given a two-year prison sentence suspended for two years.

Michael Bowes QC, prosecuting, told the court that Van Hasselt was personally involved in setting fire bombs which destroyed sports cars and other vehicles belonging to employees of companies linked to Cambridge-based Huntingdon Life Sciences plc (HLS)… The series of attacks, which happened in France, Switzerland and Germany during 2008 and 2009, included paint stripper being placed on cars and graffiti being left at employees’ homes warning: “Drop HLS or you will be dead”.’ SOURCE…

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