Reports and Campaigns

spotAbout the Socialist Party




spotElection campaigns



spotSocialist women


spotYouth and Students

All keywords

Environment keywords:

Animal rights (6)

Bali (5)

Biofuel (2)

Biofuels (7)

Carbon (48)

Carbon trading (1)

Climate change (156)

Earthquake (25)

Eco-socialism (2)

Electricity (14)

Energy (204)

Environment (161)

Fires (12)

Flooding (27)

Forests (4)

Fracking (51)

Gas (107)

Global warming (82)

Heathrow airport (14)

Incinerator (13)

IPCC (24)

Kyoto Agreement (5)

Landfill (6)

Methane (3)

Nuclear power (49)

Recycling (19)

Renewables (6)

Sarp (1)

Sellafield (5)

Stern (3)

Tsunami (26)

Waste (42)

Wind power (2)

Windscale (3)

Reports and campaigns:

Anti-capitalism (1258)

Anti-fascist (563)

Anti-racism (706)

Anti-war (1508)

Asylum (217)

Black and Asian (397)

Children (388)

CNWP (108)

Corporate crime (2)

Disability (202)

Education (3983)

Election campaigns (2480)

Environment (613)

EU (455)

Finance (104)

Food (272)

Health and safety (36)

Health and welfare (317)

Housing (1060)

Human Rights (386)

LGBT Pride (143)

Local government (2209)

Local services (3691)

Low pay (515)

Migration (57)

Nationalisation (150)

New workers party (470)

NHS (1874)

Pensions (708)

Post Office (223)

Poverty (583)

Privatisation (1035)

Public Services (1153)

Socialism (887)

Socialist (45)

Sport (199)

Stop the slaughter of Tamils (94)

Students (1855)

The state (1380)

Transport (559)

TUSC (1003)

Welfare rights (723)

Women (778)

Workplace and TU campaigns (8351)

Youth (1985)

Related websites

Youth Fight For Jobs

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

National Shop Stewards Network

Tamil Solidarity

Highlight keywords  |Print this articlePrint this article
From: The Socialist issue 172, 8 September 2000: Labour let rich run riot

Search site for keywords: Labour - Animal rights - Police - Pharmaceutical - Big business

Labour's new threat to campaigners

ANIMAL RIGHTS activists are being targeted by police and politicians, who are threatening a clampdown on their activities. Government ministers are looking at introducing new legislation, strengthening harassment laws and using anti-social orders, after pressure from big business.

Molly Cooper

The president of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry, Bill Fullagher, has urged the government to clamp down on what they call "economic terrorism" .

These proposed new measures are in addition to Labour's new anti-terrorist legislation which potentially targets all protesters and opponents of capitalism, including animal rights protesters.

Pharmaceutical companies have also announced that they are unwilling to invest in this country due to pressure from animal rights activists. This was linked to the firebombing of five cars of employees working for Huntingdon Life Sciences(HLS), Europe's largest contract research organisation, which carries out research on live animals. Last year, police claimed 1,200 incidents involving animal rights activists, including six with explosives and eight arson attacks.

A group called Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) have been the main organisers behind the campaign to close down HLS. Responding to the recent allegations they say: "Ours is a peaceful non-violent campaign. Causing damage to property is not our chosen method of campaigning. But we can understand the feelings of fustration and anger which may prompt an action like this".

What has differentiated SHAC from other animal rights campaigns is their main tactic of targeting shareholders and company bankers to persuade them to drop shares and put financial pressure on HLS. They have organised demonstrations outside city offices and individual shareholder's homes. They have put lists of company directors on their web site, and organised phone and fax blockades of shareholders.

This campaigning has so far paid off. Some argue it is only a matter of time before HLS closes down.

Shareholders Phillips and Drew have offloaded their 11% stake in HLS. In June, HLS broker WestLB Pamure resigned as shareholders, and The Royal Bank of Scotland refused to renew their 24 million overdraft facility for HLS. Although, according to SHAC, they have now extended HLS's overdraft for a further two months.

A demonstration organised in the city this week will be accompanied by a phone blockade of financial institution Merrill Lynch, whose subsidiary, NY Nominees, owns 8.5 million shares in HLS.

As a result, Huntingdon Life Sciences are having to refinance their debt with privately owned US investment firm FHP Realty LLC. Huntingdon will sell some research centres to FHP and lease them back on 20-25 year agreements.

Huntingdon Life's second quarter results for the three months to June, included a pre-tax loss of 2.47 million, up 8.4% from 2.28 million in the 1999 period, on turnover up 11.7% at 15.9 million. The stock has been on a continuous decline from mid-1990.

Labour in its role of defending big business interests see animal rights activists as an obvious target. But even if 'violent' acts are dealt with under Labour's proposed new laws how will they be able to counter the effects of campaigns such as SHAC's, which shows that if you want to hurt the capitalists the best place to do it is in their profits.

Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube



Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777


Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0191 421 6230

North West 07769 611 320

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551



Alphabetical listing

February 2018

January 2018