The additional proposals as part of the Serious & Organised Crime Bill directly address what the ABPI has called for. The Association believes this legislation will deal with the intimidatory and threatening activities of animal extremists faced by researchers.
“The ABPI welcomes this confirmation of the Government's determination to deal with the extremists and pharmaceutical companies will see this as a watershed not just in terms of removing a key concern about further investment in to the UK, but also in the drive to develop new medicines for patients,” said ABPI Director General Dr Richard Barker.
ABPI Director of Science & Technology, Dr Philip Wright added: “Since the announcement of further government action on this issue in July, the Government has listened carefully to all stakeholders affected by animal rights extremism.
“No one wishes to curb those who wish to make legitimate, peaceful protest within the law, but the activities of animal extremists have descended into a pattern of harassment, intimidation and violence that cannot be tolerated in a civilised society.”
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