Terence Bunch

Photojournalist & Writer

Police officers swarm around the protesters underneath a railway bridge in order to protect the company and its business. Ledbury, Herefordshire. 6th September 2009. All pictures © Terence Bunch.

Sequani Labs Animal Vivisection Protest. Herefordshire. 6th September 2008.

By Published 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.

Activists gather in the town of Ledbury to hold the protest.

Activists gather in the town of Ledbury to hold the protest.

The activists examine police literature which is invoked to control the protest.

The activists examine police literature which is invoked to control the protest.

A police officer reads from the document as activists prepare to carry out their action.

A police officer reads from the document as activists prepare to carry out their action.

A police officer uses a video camera to gather intelligence on the activists outside Sequani Laboratories.

A police officer uses a video camera to gather intelligence on the activists outside Sequani Laboratories.

Protesters wait to carry out the action.

Protesters wait to carry out the action.

The activists discuss the actions of the police and decide what to do next.

The activists discuss the actions of the police and decide what to do next.

After an hour or so, the protesters decide to carry out a march and rally through the town of Ledbury to garner support.

After an hour or so, the protesters decide to carry out a march and rally through the town of Ledbury to garner support.

A police medic looks on as the protesters march through the town.

A police medic looks on as the protesters march through the town.