http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L13613327.htmJudge widens ban on UK animal rights activists
LONDON, Oct 13 (Reuters) - A UK judge has extended the ban on animal rights activists demonstrating at Huntingdon Life Sciences, a company that tests drugs on live animals, to include its suppliers.
The judge, Mr Justice Owen, on Monday put a 100-metre exclusion zone around Huntingdon's suppliers, whom he said had been subjected to a "sustained campaign of intimidation and harassment".
In June another judge, Mr Justice Gibbs, banned the Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty, the Animal Liberation Front and individual activists, Greg and Natasha Avery and Heather James, from harassing the laboratories of Huntingdon Life Sciences in Cambridgeshire and its employees and their families.
Huntingdon and its backers have been the target of attacks for a number of years, leading to the gradual withdrawal of many professional services to the company.
The British government is now providing insurance and banking for the group -- which is based near Cambridge, 85 km north of London -- because of the reluctance of commercial organisations to be associated with it.
The companies named in Monday's ban were Daiichi UK Ltd, Asahi Glass UK Ltd, Eisai Ltd, Yamanouchi Pharma UK Ltd and Sankyo Pharma UK Ltd.The exclusion zone around them can be breached once a week for a peaceful protest by a limited number of protestors
, Justice Owen said, adding he was satisfied the balance of justice and convenience weighed heavily in favour of granting the ban.
"I bear in mind the rights to freedom of speech and of assembly and association. But I am satisfied that the imposition of such zones is necessary for the proper protection of the named claimants and the employees of the claimant companies from unlawful harassment," he said.