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Animal Welfare: Protest

Volume 457: debated on Wednesday 7 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action has been taken following the recent incidents of attacks on peoples' homes by animal terrorists. (125338)

The Government condemn campaigns of intimidation, harassment and violence against individuals and law-abiding businesses and have in place a cross-departmental strategy to put an end to the animal rights extremist threat and to protect those targeted by it.

We have introduced tough new legislation, appointed a dedicated senior officer as national co-ordinator for domestic extremism and provided additional resources for the police to tackle the problem nationally. These steps have led to a reduction in unlawful activity and a number of successful prosecutions which have seen leading extremists receive lengthy custodial sentences.

The Government remain committed to eradicating the threat of animal rights extremism.