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HLS's Brian Cass admits to press that we are winning!

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  • Colleen Klaum
    NATIONAL NEWS: Activists pose big threat, bosses warned By Mark Huband, Security CorrespondentFinancial Times; May 30, 2003Businesses were given a chilling
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 2, 2003

      NATIONAL NEWS: 
      Activists pose big threat, bosses warned 
      
      By Mark Huband, Security Correspondent
      Financial Times; May 30, 2003
      
      Businesses were given a chilling warning yesterday that violent protest 
      groups can destroy them.
      
      Brian Cass, managing director of Huntingdon Life Sciences, told a 
      London conference how his company had been taken to the edge of extinction 
      by animal rights extremists.
      Mr Cass said the message for protesters was: "If you go to extreme 
      violence, the chances are you will win."
      
      Listing the successes achieved by the campaign to isolate and harm 
      HLS's business of carrying out chemical and medical tests on animals, Mr 
      Cass's comments amounted to an admission that the company had lost key 
      aspects of its fight.
      
      A campaign by Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty in 1999 forced the 
      company's bank, insurers, largest shareholders and even its refuse collector 
      to end their business with HLS.
      
      The campaign has yet to achieve its aim of forcing HLS to close. The 
      company's worldwide business brought revenues of $120m (��73m) last year 
      and it numbers 48 of the world's top 50 pharmaceutical companies among 
      its customers. Orders have increased by 70 per cent in the four years 
      since the campaign started, Mr Cass said.
      
      But Shac's efforts to isolate HLS and discourage other companies from 
      associating with it have been highly successful, Mr Cass admitted. The 
      company has been forced to spend ��750,000 on a piped gas supply to its 
      site due to the refusal of local fuel companies to deliver oil by 
      tanker.
      Shac has denied it was responsible for violence against company 
      employees, which included cars being burned and Mr Cass being assaulted.
      
      Mr Cass appeared amid tight security at yesterday's conference 
      organised by the business advisory group Survive, and his presence had not been 
      announced in advance.
      He detailed the successes of the Shac campaign, which eventually led to 
      the Bank of England arranging finance to keep the company afloat and 
      the Department of Trade and Industry providing it with insurance. HLS now 
      banks with Stephens Bank of the US.
      
      The campaign launched by Shac is thought to have been led by fewer than 
      20 activists, though with up to 1,000 supporters in the UK and abroad. 
      It expanded to include activists in Japan, where HLS customers became 
      its targets.
      
      "The number of activists isn't huge, but their impact has been 
      incredible," said Mr Cass, standing beneath a poster distributed by Shac which 
      had his photograph above the caption: "the most evil man in Britain".
      
      "There needs to be an understanding that this is a threat to all 
      industries. The tactics could be extended to any other sectors of the 
      economy," he said.
      


      "Animals are worth nothing to hunters, millions to the wildlife agencies, billions to the weapons industry... but priceless to us who fight for their liberation"!
      - Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting

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