SHAC Trial Update
Feb 9, 2006
TRENTON -- Animal-rights activists suddenly attacking, knocking over
equipment and firing marbles through windows, after appearing for
sit-down protests at labs that use puppies and ferrets for medical
The story of these actions came out in federal court in Trenton
yesterday at the trial of activists charged with terrorizing
scientists who use animals in experiments.
Worldwide attention is now focused on the trial where local attorneys
are trying to prove a radical animal rights organization was providing
education on the allegedly cruel testing methods of Huntingdon Life
Sciences -- not igniting violent retaliation against the company.
The trial is a battle over free speech, with the government saying
SHAC (Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty) ignited dangerous activities by
glorifying the activities on its Web site.
During its five-year campaign against British-based HLS, activists alleged the company is responsible for the deaths of 500 animals a
Seven members of the Philadelphia-based group are standing trial on
charges of animal enterprise terrorism, conspiracy and interstate
stalking after their arrests in May 2004.