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."