Article from The Lawyer, March 1, 2004, pg. 3:
Quote:Lawyers have been forced to take extreme measures to protect themselves against attacks from animal activists, including carrying personal attack alarms and taking alternative routes home.
Law firm Lawson-Cruttenden & Co is making interim injunction applications on behalf of companies including Huntingdon Life Sciences and Bayer to stop harassment from animal activists. The firm has introduced the measures after being advised to do so by Special Branch.
Activists set up a website encouraging campaigners to target two judges and their relatives. The website, which provided the names and addresses of their victims (The Lawyer, 23 February), was removed last week after police intervened.
Lawson-Cruttenden claims that since October, it has been subjected to "silent telephone calls", windows smashed and "computer viruses, which far exceed the [number of] viruses normally suffered in the ordinary course [of business]".
Tim Lawson-Cruttenden, the sole partner at Lawson-Cruttenden, said: "I have the right not to be harassed and the right to privacy. I tolerate their right to put their views in court, but their current actions are fundamentally illiberal."
Activists placed the name and address of Lawson-Cruttenden, his father and his brother alongside the judges and their relatives on the disbanded website. Lawson-Cruttenden also claims that activists have threatened to blackmail him by releasing alleged lurid details of his past.
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I'm just baffled how this kind of behavior is supposed to win people over to their point of view.
*edit* corrected a formatting issue Edited by: Hodurbear at: 3/24/04 11:04 am
Wow, a trolling subject line from Hordurbear. I'm impressed!
The SUV vandals are similarly getting pretty nasty too. PETA and ELF rank right up there with Osama in my opinion.
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Quote:I'm just baffled how this kind of behavior is supposed to win people over to their point of view.This isn't a PR move, it's simply about making it difficult for animal testing facilities to obtain legal council. If they can make it prohibitively expensive to run one, they win whatever the public thinks.
On the wider point, however, you have to be heard before you can try to convert. Every time bin Ladin releases a new tape he gets front page worldwide news coverage, do you think he'd rate that kind of exposure if he hadn't been blowing stuff up?
Funny, I try to get properties and all I see is this:
**edit** changed the image because apparently IE and Mozilla disagree on whether or not the image was worthwile to display... I'm more inclined to agree with IE, but at this time I'm locked into showing something. Thanks for the heads up, Phant**edit** Edited by: Aurarier at: 3/25/04 11:07 pm
Quote:Theyre doing it because they believe in something, and theyre not satisfied with what they can do legally.
I for one think its pretty funny, actually.
I'm sure the judge or those attorneys will find it hilarious when some over the edge animal-rights activist takes that website as a cue to go beat members of their family with a lead pipe or something. PETA may not condone that kind of action, but they are enabled it by posting those people's personal information on that site.