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(US/ca) Medical Firm Strikes Back at AR Group

(CN) - A Los Angeles-based medical equipment supplier asked for a restraining order against an animal rights group it claims has terrorized its employees by holding protests every weekend for months at their homes and offices.

Beckman Coulter Inc. sued for an injunction and restraining order against Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty, affiliated group Band of Mercy Inc., and group members Nicoal Sheen, Tyler Lang, Ezell Rima Jomaa and Shannon Maas in Orange County Superior Court to stop the group from allegedly harassing its employees.

The animal rights groups gained notoriety for targeting U.K.-based Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) over cosmetics testing that company conducts on animals.

Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty began with peaceful protests in 1999, trying to shut down Huntingdon Life at its headquarters in the U.K. Over the years, protesters escalated their tactics, making threatening calls to Huntingdon employees at home, fire bombing 11 cars belonging to employees and sending them packages containing dead animals, feces and razor blades to their homes, according to the complaint.

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