Police in Coventry have arrested two animal rights activists for desecrating the grave of a woman linked to a farm where guinea pigs are bred for sale to research laboratories. The incident is the latest skirmish in a long-running campaign of harassment to close the Darley death camp”, as the protesters call it.
The woman was a relative of the Hall family which runs Darley Oaks farm. The Halls have experienced hate mail, malicious phone calls, hoax bombs, a paedophile smear campaign and arson attacks from extremists within the animal rights movement. The activists counter that they are fighting for a third wave of emancipation — first slaves, then women, and now animals. “I take the view that all life is equal,” said one Darley protester. “What’s a bit of paint-balling compared to the thousands of animals who die in agony?”
The grave-robbing incident has incensed local residents, but the Save the Newchurch Guinea Pigs Campaign denied any involvement in the incident and insisted that all of its activities were legal.
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