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Animal activist victims unite

New UK group formed to represent people targeted by animal rights violence or intimidation

Stephen Pincock(Stephen@thescientisteurope.com)

A new group has been formed in the United Kingdom to represent people who have been personally targeted by animal rights activists. They aired their grievances on Thursday (April 22) at a reception at the House of Commons, where they told stories of harassment, intimidation, property damage, and violence.

Organizers of Victims of Animal Rights Extremism (VARE) said they had identified more than 300 people who had been the subject of such action. More than 100 of them attended Thursday's launch, hosted by Member of Parliament Ian Gibson, chairman of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee.

A spokesperson for group, who declined to be identified, said in a written statement, “People targeted in this way suddenly find that normal life becomes impossible. They need to talk to others who have suffered at the hands of the extremists to find out how they coped and lived through...

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