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Draconian SHAC sentences

Seven animal-rights activists of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) were jailed on 21 January, with sentences ranging from four to 11 years in prison.

On 23 December, Gerrah Selby, Daniel Wadham, Gavin Medd-Hall and Heather Nicholson were found guilty of conspiracy to blackmail companies associated with Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS), which kills five hundred animals daily conducting research for pharmaceutical companies. They were sentenced to four, five, eight and 11 years, respectively.

SHAC founders Gregg and Natasha Avery and Daniel Amos pleaded guilty to the charges before the trial in July and were sentenced with the other members to nine and four-year terms. The prosecution called the six-year global campaign to close HLS “menacing.”

SHAC members were accused of harassing companies and individuals connected to HLS until they agreed to stop working for it.

The methods listed were noisy protests outside business premises, abusive telephone calls, emails and letters, threats of assault and damage to property and false accusations of child abuse. The activists were also said to have been linked to the sending of hoax bombs and used tampons claimed to be soaked in HIV-infected blood.

More next issue.

You can write to the activists at the following addresses: Natasha Avery NR8987 and Heather Nicholson VM4859: HMP Bronzefield, Woodthorpe Rd, Ashford, Middx TW15 3JZ; Dan Amos VN7818, Gregg Avery TA7450, Gavin Medd-Hall WV9475 and Dan Wadham WV9474: HMP Winchester, Romsey Road, Winchester SO22 5DF.

Topics: Animal Rights | Prison