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expert reaction to the conviction of animal rights activists for intimidation campaign against companies supplying Huntingdon Life Sciences

Seven animal rights activists have been convicted of mounting a sustained campaign of intimidation and blackmail against companies involved with Huntingdon Life Sciences.

Dr Simon Festing, Executive Director, Research Defence Society, said:

“These convictions mean that researchers can now go back to their business of sound science by developing treatments and cures for diseases through vital medical research.”

Dr Sophie Petit-Zeman, Head of External Relations, Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC), said:

“These convictions should reassure the medical research community that tough policing will defend the right to use animals where this is a necessary part of research for patient benefit. We must never forget that sensitive ethical issues surround such work, but not forget either the way it has and will hopefully continue to revolutionise prospects for people with life-changing illnesses. Where good research involves using animals under strict regulation, with the highest welfare standards and where there is no alternative, it is something we need to support.”

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