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Research winning war with extremists, says group

On anniversary of major assault by animal rights extremists on science, research groups say similar incidents are on a decline

Stephen Pincock
Britain's researchers are winning the war against animal rights extremism, with tougher legislation, stronger policing, and public approval giving scientists renewed confidence in speaking out on the issue, the Research Defense Society (RDS) said on Wednesday (August 23).The announcement arrives one year to the day since extremists forced the closure of Darley Oaks guinea pig farm in Staffordshire, UK. The case rose to national prominence when the grave of a relative of the family that ran the farm was dug up and her body stolen.Simon Festing, executive director of RDS -- a 98-year-old organization which promotes the benefits of animal research -- said the event was a turning point in the struggle between animal rights extremism and researchers who use animals. "Twelve months on, I believe we have witnessed a sea-change in the environment for animal research," he said in a statement. Sophie Petit-Zeman, from the Association of Medical...

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