Netherlands to crack down on animal rights extremism
BRUSSELS, Dec. 22 (Xinhua) -- The Netherlands will set up a special police unit to address radical actions against individuals and companies by animal rights activists, the Home Affairs Ministry said.
The special team, which also includes members from the public prosecution department and the Dutch intelligence service, will try to prevent dangerous intimidation practices by extreme animal rights organizations, Home Affairs Minister Guusje ter Horst was quoted by local newspaper De Telegraaf as saying Sunday.
The decision followed repeated attacks on company or individual properties in the Netherlands by animal rights activists.
The latest one occurred early Saturday morning when two cars of a top executive of NYSE Euronext Amsterdam stock exchange, which were parked in front of his home in the western Dutch town of Wassenaar, were set on fire. Read More
We aren’t the only country in the world that are dealing with animal rights activists that are trying to kill people to convey their message. These criminals continue to threaten and intimidate executives and researchers that are engaged in animal testing that could eventually save your life someday. My challenge to these groups would be to only use products, including medical treatments that haven’t come about through the use of animals. There is no doubt their life span would be drastically shortened.