SHAC Activists Force Cancellation of Conference

Activists opposed to Huntingdon Life Sciences successfully pressured the owner of a hotel to cancel a schedule conference organized by the Institute of Animal Technicians.

The event was scheduled for April 10 and 11 but was cancelled after numerous threats from animal rights activists opposed to Huntingdon Life Sciences’ presence at the conference. Earlier this month Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty activists had showed up to protest at the hotel and set off stink bombson the premesis.

Institute of Animal Technicians spokeswoman Ann Shaw told the East Anglian Daily News,

The hotel has cancelled the booking due to attacks on its facilities, staff and guests by anonymous animal rights extremists who claim that frightening people enjoying a Sunday trip to the hotel with their families and friends was fun.

SHAC spokeswoman Natasha Avery celebrate the cancellation saying animal rights activist applied “relentless” pressure against the hotel. Avery added,

The cancellation has occurred despite leading UK scientists and directors of pharmaceutical companies writing many letters appealing for the hotel to withstand the pressure. It is a real slap in the face for the industry.


Activists win conference cancellation. David Green, East Anglian Daily Times, March 10, 2003.

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