In October, police in Great Britain reported that Animal Liberation Front extremists mailed anonymous letters to dozens of construction and decorating companies warning them of dire consequences if they participated in Oxford University’s planned construction of a new research facility.
The letter warned companies that they would participate in the construction and design of the building “at your own peril.”
Animal Liberation Front spokesman Robin Webb approved of the letters, telling The Telegraph,
If they are supplying Oxford University in any way and through that helping the progress of the proposed facility then they can be considered a target.
Police had a different view. A police spokesman told The Press Association,
It is believed the letters are part of a campaign by animal rights extremists who are trying to prevent work by Oxford University to build new laboratories. Although everyone is entitled to an opinion about this very emotive issue, it is just not acceptable to act in a way which intimidates other people and threatens their livelihood.
Animal rights group threatens builders over new Oxford labs. Rosie Murray-West, Telegraph, October 12, 2005.
Threats posted to Oxford lab contractors. Press Association, October 11, 2005.