August 4, 2009 - 10:37 AM
Animal rights extremists target Novartis
The holiday home of Novartis chairman and CEO Daniel Vasella has burnt down, a week after his mother's grave was desecrated by animal rights militants.
Although police do not know who or what caused the fire early on Monday morning in the Tyrol, there is speculation that it is the work of the same group that took the urn of Vasella's mother on July 27.
Her gravestone was defiled with a message saying the Basel pharmaceutical company must sever its ties with Britain's Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS), the largest contract animal-testing company in Europe.
The recent attacks bear the hallmarks of British extremists Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC), which in recent months has reportedly targeted Novartis in France, burning down a sports centre and setting fire to company cars.
Grave-robbing is not a new tactic. In October 2004 the Animal Rights Militia (ARM) – which has also targeted Novartis – claimed responsibility for removing from a grave the mother-in-law of a British farm-owner who bred guinea pigs for HLS. Read More
Coming off the one year anniversary of a firebombed house in California by radical animal rights terrorists, we see a house burned to the ground in France. SHAC isn’t opposed to killing people in their quest to stop life-saving medical research. Nor do they have a problem disturbing the remains of family members of these employees. Thankfully their efforts have been useless so far and these companies continue delivering new medicines that are saving lives everyday. It’s ironic that these terrorist groups try to kill people in an effort to stop companies that save people.