ANIMAL rights activists told travel agent customers their children would be infected with a tropical disease spread by monkeys if they flew with the company, a court heard today (Wednesday, 24 January).

Alleged ringleader Mark Taylor, 38, his wife Susane, 34, and Theresa Portwine, 46, were members of a group which targeted businesses because they worked with Huntingdon Life Sciences.

The Taylors lived in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, and their local Thomas Cook was regularly attacked as they believed the firm was involved in shipping monkeys from Mauritius, the Old Bailey heard.

On their website they called it the Gateway to Hell campaign.
On the group's website they stated:

"We will not rest until total animal liberation is achieved."

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