Guest Invicta_Toon Posted March 6, 2007 Share Posted March 6, 2007 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/03/06/nanimal106.xml Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Fucking Moron Animal rights activist jailed for four years By Emma Henry and agencies Last Updated: 2:54pm GMT 06/03/2007 Activist Mark Taylor was jailed for a record four years today for his part in a campaign of intimidation to stop companies dealing with a firm doing animal experiments. Mark Taylor drove protesters around the country to companies which either supplied or dealt with Huntingdon Life Sciences in Cambridgeshire. During three months over the summer of 2005, workers were terrified as up to 12 protesters invaded their offices shouting "Murderers" and insults, the Old Bailey heard. advertisement Taylor, 39, his wife Suzanne, 35, both of Wakefield, West Yorkshire, and Teresa Portwine, 48, of New Addington, Surrey, were the first to be charged under new legislation. They pleaded guilty to conspiracy to interfere with a contractual relationship. Mrs Taylor was given two-and-a-half years in jail and Portwine was sentenced to 15 months. The judge said the sentence must be a deterrent to others. The three defendants were members of Shac (Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty) which took photographs of workers and posted them on the internet to intimidate them. They were arrested following a nationwide inquiry by the police National Domestic Extremism Team following 23 demonstrations in Cheshire, Cambridgeshire, Kent, Greater Manchester, Humberside, London, Surrey, Thames Valley and West Yorkshire. Edward Brown, prosecuting, said: "They used various degrees of intimidation, fright and, as a group, violence." One company in Peterborough was invaded by five demonstrators wearing skull masks. Mr Brown said: "They dropped HSL (Huntingdon Life Sciences) as a customer as a direct result of the events and also because of the threatening letters sent to the company." Unemployed Taylor apologised for his actions, saying he had not understood the consequences of his actions on innocent people. "I have no intention of going out and demonstrating again," he said. Housewife Suzanne Taylor was said to have taken part over three weeks of the campaign and had to care for her two teenage daughters. Portwine, a kitchen consultant and mother of five, was said to have quit the protests when police traced her. Cancer scientist Joseph Harris, 26, who was jailed for three years in September last year, was the first person to be convicted under the new laws. Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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