Rabbit Breeder Almost Gave up Business Due to ARAs
A farmer who bred rabbits for an animal testing firm told a court he almost gave up his business after being targeted by animal rights activists.
The man, who cannot be identified, said he installed a 60,000-pound security system at his premises at Normanby-by-Spital, near Market Rasen, in a bid to deter intruders following a raid in January last year.
But he was left "sick" after he was allegedly targeted for a second time by a gang from the Animal Liberation Front only months later. A trial at Lincoln Crown Court heard that the alarms at the farm were set off by four activists allegedly carrying out a "reconnaissance" in October 2008.
The jury has been told that all four defendants had links to the campaigning group SHAC -- Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty -- which listed the Lincolnshire farm on its website as a potential target for "direct action".