Luke Steele managed to force ferry companies to stop carrying live
animals destined for science laboratories simply by encouraging a
number of fellow activists to inundate the firms' directors with
The firms were so nervous that 22-year-old Steele and his acolytes
would unleash more extreme tactics against them, they gave in to the
demands -- partly because of his past involvement in a string of
Just two companies now transport research animals into Britain after
Stena Line joined P&O Ferries and DFDS Seaways in halting the
of cats, mice, monkeys and other animals for laboratories.
Several eminent scientists have described the campaign as a major blow
to research into conditions such as muscular dystrophy and motor
Mr Steele and his comrades at the National Anti-Vivisection Alliance
(NAVA), which he launched in May 2010, now plan to intensify their
campaign against airlines still willing to transport animals for
research -- chief among them Air France.