Figures reveal that in 2008 that the numbers of attacks on the homes of company directors and other employees stood at ten, down from 32 in 2007 and from 259 in 2003 when activity was at its peak.
Philip Wright, a director at the ABPI which records the data, said: “The police and Government have done a great job in tackling the threat posed by animal rights extremists. To go from 259 attacks to ten in the space of five years shows the impact that has been made.
“Having said that, one attack is one too many, especially when you consider how nasty they can be with children and other family members being intimidated. It is therefore vitally important that police and Government maintain the pressure if the UK is continue to be a leader in the field of research.”
The ABPI began collecting data on attacks by animal rights terrorists in 2002. Since a peak in 2003 and 2004, all categories of activity have been in steady decline thanks to a co-ordinated approach by police and Government.
A table which outlines the categories of attacks appears on page 2. (Capitulations are companies who refuse to provide services to targeted organisations.)
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