Thursday, April 17, 2014

UK: Update--SHAC Extremists, Including Debbie Vincent, 52, Sentenced to Prison for Six Years

According to AFP, a British animal rights activist was imprisoned for six years on Thursday (April 17) for her part in a Europe-wide campaign of intimidation targeting a leading animal testing company.

Debbie Vincent, 52,  a former soldier who underwent a sex change operation, was found guilty last month for her part in a conspiracy to blackmail British-based Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS).

Vincent became the public face of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) after seven members of the group were jailed for a total of 50 years in 2009 for their role in the campaign.

COMMENT: Members of the group falsely accused HLS staff members of being pedophiles, sent them hoax bombs and sanitary towels claimed to be infected with AIDS, and caused criminal damage to their cars and homes.

In May 2009, activists dug up a grave in Switzerland and removed an urn containing the ashes of the mother of Daniel Vasella, the then-chairman of Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis, one of HLS' suppliers.

Sentencing Vincent at Winchester Crown Court in southeast England, Judge Keith Cutler said: "It is difficult for a judge to calculate the repugnance felt by society to such appalling acts."

He added: "You express no shred of remorse or condemnation for the incidents of extreme terror and desecration which have been caused."