In September, Dutch daily De Telegraaf warned that an extreme animal rights group had move its operations to the Netherlands to target Euronext Amsterdam (the Dutch branch of NYSE Euronext exchange group), other financial institutions, pharmaceutical companies and shops that sell fur.

Meanwhile, the 'NYSE Euronext bomb squad' have claimed on an animal rights website that it placed six explosives under two cars belonging to a former NYSE Euronext employee in Hilversum, the Netherlands last week. The cars burnt out completely, but no-one was hurt.

Euronext deals in shares from a company called Huntingdon Life Sciences, which has the world's largest animal laboratory. In the United Kingdom, courts have restricted the activities of the Stop Huntington Animal Cruelty group (SHAC) using terrorism legislation. As a result the antivivisection group has moved its activities to the Netherlands. SHAC has been active since 1999 and is notorious for its radical methods. Once, it even went as far as to dig up the body of a laboratory animal breeder's mother-in-law.


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