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Protest: Animal Experiments

Volume 465: debated on Wednesday 24 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Government classifies offences committed by organisations that define themselves as pursuing animals’ rights as acts of terrorism; and if she will make a statement. (159675)

No animal rights extremist has been charged under the Terrorism Act 2000 or other related terrorism legislation. However, should the activities of animal rights extremists, or any other individual or group, meet the required threshold of terrorism contained within the Act, it is possible that the Terrorism Act 2005 could be used. It is for the police and Crown Prosecution Service to select the most appropriate charge in individual cases.