After a six-year campaign of harassment, British animal welfare activists have finally succeeded in closing down a family farm which bred guinea pigs for medical research. Since 1999 the local police have spent more than ?2.5 million in protecting the farm and investigating incidents. It had been a long haul for the the Hall family. They endured firebomb attacks, hate mail, smear campaigns and vandalism. Many companies associated with them, including the local pub and golf course, have been harassed. The most disturbing incident was the theft of the body of the owner’s mother-in-law from her grave. The corpse has not yet been returned. The Save the Newchurch Guinea Pigs Campaign has hailed the Halls’ decision as a victory over animal abuse.
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