The Prime Minister’s call for ordinary people to sign a petition supporting animal research when it is necessary and the stated willingness of several major City investment companies not to give in to the extremists have been warmly welcomed by the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI).
The ABPI has also called on other businesses that have in the past given in to threats by the extremists to review their policies and stand together with those whose rights are threatened.
In an article published in the Sunday Telegraph this weekend, Prime Minister Tony Blair pledged to sign the People’s Petition – which defends the need to conduct animal research when strictly necessary and with stringent safeguards in place – and encouraged others to do so.
And, in the Financial Times, leading City investment houses expressed their determination to stand by the shareholders threatened by a group of anonymous animal extremists.
“Both these moves represent a further determination by Britain’s leaders – both in and beyond the medical research community - to stand up against the extremists who threaten, harass and intimidate,” said Dr Richard Barker, Director General of the ABPI.
“The British public is fed up with a campaign of terror which, if successful, would mean the end of much medicines research in this country. It is high time that we all joined together to stand up to the bully-boys of animal extremism.
“It would add to the extremists’ discomfiture if other businesses that have in the past felt obliged to give in to their threats now reviewed their policy and determined to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the rest of us.
Dr Barker also welcomed the Prime Minister’s pledge that further legislation against extremists would be considered if necessary. “At the moment, the number of violent incidents seems to be on the decline, but anonymous threats to ordinary shareholders is yet more evidence that there are people in this movement who will stop at nothing,” said Dr Barker. “It is reassuring to see that the Prime Minister is willing to consider any other action that may become necessary.”
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