By Terence Bunch Published 2008-09-06 00:00:00 Last Edited 2008-09-06 00:00:00
Animal rights campaigners gather in Ledbury, Herefordshire, to protest against the animal experimentation vivisection facility at Sequani Laboratories.
The facility carries out testing of a range of clinical and commercial products on animals which in turn has attracted the attention of animal rights campaigners who have vowed to close the facility to prevent the experiments from being carried out.
As a result, the company has sought legislative protection from government and now enjoys the maintenance of its contracts and business under section 145 of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act (2005).
Section 145 specifically allows for the offence of Interference with contractual relationships so as to harm animal research organisation.
The act was recently used to prosecute and imprison Mr Sean Kirtley, an animal rights campaigner, for four and a half years for criticising the company on a website.
The trial lasted over 4 months at a cost of 4.5 million pounds and was prompted by the police authorities National Extremism Tactical Coordination Unit (NETCU).
Herefordshire. 6th September 2008.