Montreal police are keeping tabs on a group of animal-rights activists
who have launched a campaign of harassment against two Westmount
executives who they believe work for companies that are cruel to
Police charged 13 people with breach of the peace on Sunday night
after their latest protest outside a home on Roslyn Ave.
A neighbour said the group has demonstrated outside the same home at
least 10 times during the past two years, chanting slogans like "puppy
killers" and putting fliers through mailboxes showing pictures of
animals that have been cut open.
"They use foul language, which deters people from taking them
seriously," said the woman, who didn't want her name published. "There
is a whole lot of noise and a lot of anger."
The group, which often uses megaphones during its protests, ignored
police orders not to gather in front of the home on Roslyn. Police
arrested the demonstrators as they walked toward another home on
Victoria Ave. because they refused to disperse, Lapointe said.
The protesters have held similar demonstrations about 20 times during the past year. Police have made arrests at other protests, but they
couldn't say how many. Of the thirteen people arrested on Sunday,
three are minors.
The animal rights activists are loosely affiliated with a British
group called Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty, which campaigns against
Huntingdon Life Sciences, a large laboratory in Britain that uses
animals to test pharmaceutical products, agricultural chemicals and