GOVERNMENT IS AGAINST ANIMAL DEFENDERS.
Members of the
animal defender organizations must be confronted with more
sever methods. This is what Guusje ter Horst, Minister of
Home Affairs says and she proposes the creation of a special
team that will investigate pro-animal activists.
the cars which were set on fire in Wassenaar is
under investigation. Photo: ANP
measures were implemented due to an attack in Wassenaar (a
residential neighborhood in La Haya) last week where two
cars were set on fire. The owner of the cars is the manager
of Euronext , Amsterdam Stock Market, where many animal
testing firms trade securities.
Ter Horst considers that animal rights defender activists
have gone far beyond the limits. She says that to set cars
on fire does not have any relationship with what they
defend. Ter Horst proposes a similar method to the one
implemented in the United Kingdom where animal defender
activists are considered terrorists and treated as such.
“What is happening
is very dangerous”, Ter Horst says. “It’s an unacceptable
way of intimidating people that simply do their job. It’s
necessary to confront it strongly and we’ll do it that way”.
a matter of fact, the coordinated system of acting against
animal protector activists in the United Kingdom has
produced good results lately. Consequently, this country
currently possesses the strictest legislation in such matter
in the world. However, the special way the British
government treaties this situation is what makes it
effective, says correspondent Lia Van Bekhoven.
explains that it is true that there are new laws but, in her
opinion, it is not only to introduce new legislation or
regulations, it is also the government’s attitude that has
always made clear that it firmly supports laboratories that
experiment with animals. Bekhoven says the government itself
covers these centers’ security costs, for example, and what
made things change was to face the problem.
The legislation of
the United Kingdom strictly prohibits the animal defender
activists to manifest near the centers or the laboratories
that experiment with animals; this is an example of how
strict their legislation has turned. According to the
correspondent, intimidations to employees working in these
centers have also diminished.
This problem was
getting so bad that even taxi drivers that drove employees
to the laboratories were also threatened.
In Holland, the
police and the Dutch Intelligence Service, AIVD work
cooperatively and effectively. The special team will focus
on the Dutch branch of the activist group SHAC. This
organization, named Respect to Animals in The Nederlands,
split in two groups last year. One of them, the Coalition
against Animal Testing, is devoted to act against animal
testing laboratories. The other takes actions against fur
organizations activists in the Netherlands strongly object
to Minister Ter Horst plans. SHAC activist Mark Becker’s
opinion is that the new measures will make impossible to
manifest openly and fears that the new legislation will
oblige activists to act secretly.
“In England, for
example, to distribute brochures or to hold banners near a
company is enough to be arrested”, Becker says. “What
happens then, is that they search other forms of acting
where the opportunities of being arrested are less”.
the new legislation passed in Britain has obtained results:
recently, a controversial laboratory of Oxford University
has reopened after being threatened and intimidated for a
long time by animal defender activists. Soon, many animals
will be taken to this investigation centre to be used in
every type of medicine testing.
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