Dutch minister to deal with animal rights activists
Pharmaceutical companies in the Netherlands are permanently threatened from violent animal rights groups, reveals latest investigation by a public broadcasting organisation.THE NETHERLANDS – An investigation by the public broadcasting organisation NOS reveals that a significant proportion of the pharmaceutical industry in the Netherlands is permanently under threat from animal rights activists.
The investigation also shows financial companies who have business dealings with the industry are also targeted.
Over the last five years, Dierenbevrijdingsfront or the Animal Liberation Front has claimed responsibility for over 40 serious threats against the staff of pharmaceutical companies in the Netherlands. The incidents include arson and damage to cars and homes.
Some employees of pharmaceutical industry who have been threatened live in constant fear, according to newspaper reports.
Interior Minister Guusje ter Horst has promised to investigate how drug companies can be better protected against animal rights activists.
Her proposal to get animal rights organisations to sign an agreement of non-violence with the government has been rejected by the Christian Democrats.
The government advises companies under threat to contact the Ministry of Economic Affairs for advice on security.
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