In January a High Court judge in Great Britain granted Emerson Developments an injunction against several animal rights groups and individuals that will restrict how and where the activists can protest against Emerson Developments and its employees.
Emerson is a property company that has been targeted by activists because it leases property in the UK to Japanese firm Yamanouchi. Yamanouchi, in turn, is a major customer of Huntingdon Life Sciences. According to the Financial Times, 19 Emerson directors were sent letters purportedly from the Animal Rights Militia accusing them of “swimming in the blood of innocent animals” and threatening “violent retribution” if Emerson does not end its relationship with Yamanouchi.
Named in the injunction were the Animal Rights Militia, the Animal Liberation Front, Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty as well as SHAC activists Greg Avery, Natasha Avery, and Heather James.
For its part, SHAC issued a statement claiming,
Following legal advice, the three defendants and SHAC wish to clarify that these companies are not, and never have been, targets of the SHAC campaign or of interest to the three named defendants.
Judge puts curbs on Huntingdon activists. Nikki Tait, The Financial Times (London), January 27, 2004.
SHAC, The Alf, The Animal Rights Militia And YamanouchiÂ’S Landlords Â– SHAC Statement. Press Release, Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty, January 24, 2004.
Legislation used to contain protesters. Tiesenhausen Cave, The Financial Times (London), January 28, 2004.