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Animal rights extremists may face tougher penalties

Animal rights extremists could face tougher penalties after two amendments to the antisocial behaviour bill were tabled on Monday. They were aimed at protecting medical researchers and staff in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries from harassment. Lord Sainsbury, science minister, said they reflected the government’s determination to beat extremists, who have focused on Huntingdon Life Sciences, the drug testing company. “It is intolerable that people undertaking legitimate economic activities – activities required by regulatory agencies – should be subject to such high levels of harassment and abuse,” he told the Financial Times in Washington, where he is leading the British delegation to Bio 2003, the world’s largest biotechnology conference. Full Story

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