Three SHAC UK Animal Rights Extremists Jailed

Three UK animal rights extremists received jail sentences ranging from 15 months to four years their part in an illegal campaign against companies that had business relationships with Huntingdon Life Sciences.

Mark Taylor, 39; wife Suzanne, 35; and Teresa Portwine, 48, were the first to be charged under new UK laws designed to make it easier to crack down on animal rights extremists who skirted the law in their efforts to harass and intimidate animal research firms and nonprofits.

All three plead guilty to conspiracy to interfere with a contractual relationship. Portwine was sentenced to just 15 months, Suzanne Taylor received 2 1/2 years, and Mark Taylor was sentenced to four years in jail.

The judge in the case apparently took into account testimony from witnesses that Taylor had been a ring leader of the group’s activities in handing out the sentence. Taylor participated in numerous protests and drove others to said protests where groups of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty activists wearing masks would storm into the offices of the targeted companies.


3 animal rights extremists
. D’arcy Doran, Associated Press, March 6, 2007.

Animal rights activists are jailed for ‘intimidation’. New Scotsman, March 6, 2007.

Animal rights activist jailed. Press Association, March 6, 2007.

3 thoughts on “Three SHAC UK Animal Rights Extremists Jailed”

  1. Are you purposefully using the term “extremist” to denote a substantive critique of animal rights or is its use rhetorical?

    It seems to be the latter given that you provide no explanation for why SHAC is protesting Huntington Life Sciences, nor how those sentenced didn’t actually physically harm anyone and yet are still labeled “terrorists.” They exercised their free speech rights on public property, and ran a website detailing the atrocities at HLS. That is their “crime.”

    More here:

    And here:

    You are doing a disservice by failing to inform people. Relying on weak rhetorical devices is telling.

  2. Day late and a dollar short, but I believe he was quoting the original article when calling them “extremists”.

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