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Eco-Activists Taking on Company Workers<br><br>
Tue May 27, 2:00 AM ET Add U.S. National - AP to My Yahoo!<br><br><br><br><br><br>
By DON THOMPSON, Associated Press Writer<br><br><br><br>
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - At 3 a.m. one recent morning, animal rights activists enraged by a company that tests products on animals gathered outside the home of an executive.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
They bellowed through bullhorns, made sirens pierce through the night and papered the Los Angeles neighborhood in leaflets denouncing Huntingdon Life Sciences officials as, among other things, "puppy killers."<br><br><br><br><br><br>
"We'll be back," the group, Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty, later warned the executive on its Web site. "We know where you live, we know where you work, and we'll make your life hell until you pull out of HLS."<br><br><br><br><br><br>
What made the noisy protest unusual was that its target wasn't an executive with Huntingdon Life Sciences: It was a manager of a Los Angeles company that just sells software to Huntingdon.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Companies that have been targeted in the past and even some fellow activists are watching the tactic warily.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
On Sunday, Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty announced it would begin a week of similar demonstrations nationwide outside homes of people with often tenuous ties to animal research. The group says such tactics have "broken new ground in the struggle for animal liberation."<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Similar tactics are quickly being adopted by other environmental groups.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
"It becomes a prototype for attacking any kind of business that does anything any group doesn't like," said Frankie Trull, president of the Foundation for Biomedical Research. "It's likely that we are just witnessing the beginning of a very serious problem."<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Richard Michaelson, Huntingdon's chief financial officer, agrees: "This is a new tactic of political extremism that we're not used to in this country. It's simply never been done before."<br><br><br><br><br><br>
There have been no known physical assaults on individuals in the United States, but Michaelson and others fear increasingly violent rhetoric means it's only a matter of time.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
"Terrorism isn't so much what you do to someone it's what you make people think," said Michaelson, himself the target of a protest outside his New Jersey home over the Memorial Day holiday.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
The tactics are being eyed by opponents of globalization, supporters of fair wages any social justice movement that sees corporations as an enemy, said SHAC organizer Kevin Jonas.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
SHAC and other activists say they oppose violence against any animal, including humans. "We're not a criminal enterprise (news - web sites), we're not terrorists we're people who care about animals," said Jonas.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Jonas said SHAC is exercising its free speech rights. But he wouldn't condemn others who turn to property damage or violence: "I think there's a time and a place for every action."<br><br><br><br><br><br>
SHAC's tactics were pioneered by British activists who recognized that behind every faceless corporation, "there are people who have homes and liability and privacy issues," Jonas said.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
The activists haven't been stopped by court orders in California, Illinois, New Jersey and New York, a federal grand jury investigation, and the arrests of a dozen SHAC activists in Boston last fall.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
An Internet technique borrowed from abortion opponents gives the campaigns unprecedented reach while permitting a degree of legal separation from illegal activities that might result. SHAC's Web site, for instance, posts targets' home addresses and urges protesters to try to embarrass them.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
"We're seeing sort of a copycat effect within the ecoterror movement," said Kelly Stoner, executive director of the Oregon-based watchdog group Stop Eco-Violence.<br><br><br><br>
Earth First! activists occupied a Portland, Ore., bank in July and urged a boycott because two of its board members are timber executives. And last fall, another group discussed targeting a timber company's insurance carriers, and finding out where company officials live, attend church and send their children to school, she said.<br><br><br><br>
"One has to wonder where it's going to stop, because SHAC's success is definitely not going unnoticed," Stoner said.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=519&ncid=519&e=16&u=/ap/20030527/ap_on_re_us/activist_tactics_2" target="_blank">http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmp...vist_tactics_2</a>
 

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That's just stupid. Are they going to do the same to butchers? to sales people who sell leather? to shopowners who sell stuff they don't like?<br><br><br><br>
And.. what about the neighbors?<br><br><br><br>
I'm getting sick of the AR movement.
 

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i dunno. the more attention they bring to the issue the more people will take notice and stop supporting companies like these. if other companies are afraid to do business with them now because of pushy protestors, it'll make it that much more difficult for the "puppy killers" to continue what they're doing<br><br><br><br>
i kinda think it's a good thing
 

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But would you think it was a good thing if he was your neighbor? And these whatevers were keeping you up at night? What if you had a baby... what if he has a baby?<br><br><br><br>
They're only hurting the cause... people are going to be pissed at the protesters.. not the guy they borrow tools from.
 

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pfft.. i have no sympathy for exploitive capitalists that use violence and destruction as a means to make more money for themselves.
 

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What about their families? Their kids will hurt by this, no freedom to run and play if your family is being essentially stalked. It seems that escalation from peaceful proper protest into violence becomes easy when you dehumanize the people whose actions you are opposed to.
 

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im familiar with the tactic and a lot of the activists that are involved in the HLS campaign. theyre not the kind of people that would target their families. however, organizations like "stop eco-violence" and others would like people to think otherwise.
 

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they already are targeting the families. They are protesting outside these peoples homes, that is where their families live. perhaps you don't have children and so would not understand, but I can promise you this, no responsible parent is going to allow their child freedom to roam/play outside as long as protesters are in front of their house.<br><br>
this tactic is one that was used by the anti-abortion faction and it eventually escalated into violence.<br><br>
it's a tactic that will backfire. always has before, it will this time.
 

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Unfortunately it actually works. In campaigns against companies that work with Huntington Life Sciences, something like 70 companies have withdrawn from associations with HLS after protracted and targeted harrassment.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by epski</i><br><br><b>Unfortunately it actually works. In campaigns against companies that work with Huntington Life Sciences, something like 70 companies have withdrawn from associations with HLS after protracted and targeted harrassment.</b></div>
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Why is that unfortunate?!?
 

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It's unfortunate that these protestors harrass others, with zero regard for those people's family's, their children, their neighbours, etc. Its unfortunate that laws have not been enacted to immediately charge/imprison those who harrass others in such ways. It's unfortunate that these people think its okay to harass others, even if their harassment causes problems for others not associated with the place they are targeting (such as neighbours).<br><br><br><br>
It's unfortunate this sort of nonsense is allowed at all.<br><br><br><br>
I am certain this is not what Epski meant by unfortunate, however i think its unfortunate regardless.
 

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I did mean unfortunately, because the success of harassment techniques will encourage activists to continue causing psychological and financial harm to many people who I would consider bystanders, or in other cases badly informed. But no one deserves to be harassed this way. I've seen it. People I know have participated in these activities. To them, the ends justify the means. These are the same people that disagree with war in Iraq to topple Hussein. I like to think I'm more consistent in my philosophy. I prefer to work within the system and not harm others to promote positive change.<br><br><br><br>
Let me ask you a question, Martin. If people who disagreed with your work came to your home and harassed you, would you still think this methodology is acceptable?
 

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See, this is where neighbors have to stand together.<br><br><br><br>
If I lived next door to someone HLS or some of these other p*****s started this crap with, I would make damn certain they were the ones uncomfortable when it was all over. A water sprinkler can be effective, especially if you put a spray dispenser with bleach on it.<br><br><br><br>
**** wit' me, I'll **** wit' you.
 
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