LONDON (AP) — Five British animal rights activists have been handed prison
terms for waging a campaign of intimidation against companies linked to an
animal testing lab.
A judge at Winchester Crown Court sentenced the activists to between 15
months and 6 years on Monday for targeting suppliers of Huntingdon Life
Sciences, which conducts animal testing for the pharmaceutical industry.
Prosecutors said the campaign included abusive phone calls, threats,
vandalism and hoax bombs sent the homes of staff.
The five, aged between 22 and 53, are members of Stop Huntingdon Animal
Cruelty, which has waged a long campaign against the Cambridge, England-based
company. A sixth defendant received a suspended sentence.
Seven other members of the group were jailed last year for blackmail.