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August 23, 2005
Britain's Domestic Terrorists Win Round By Graverobbing

Animal-rights terrorists in Britain have forced breeders of laboratory guinea pigs to shut their business down in a last-ditch effort to get the body of their relative returned to them. Last fall, graverobbers stole the body of Gladys Hammond from her churchyard grave and extorted the Hall family to stop assisting the medical-research industry to have it returned to them, which they have now reluctantly agreed to do:

David, John and Chris Hall said that Darley Oaks farm in Newchurch, Staffs, would close by the end of the year. Their family, friends and business associates have been subjected to a six-year campaign of terror and intimidation that culminated last October in activists digging up and stealing the remains of Chris Hall's 82-year-old mother-in-law, Gladys Hammond, from St Peter's churchyard in Yoxall, Staffs.

Animal rights supporters celebrated the announcement but it was condemned by scientists as a triumph for mob rule that would hurt patients and damage an industry that employs 22,000 people and is worth 3.6 billion a year to the British economy.

The Halls provided animals to laboratories that work on therapies and cures that benefit everyone. In exchange, they have found themselves the subject of an ever-increasing campaign of terror. When that failed to work, the terrorists -- no other term fits -- decided to attack the dead. One of the taboos of almost every society is the respect shown for the remains of those who have passed away. It is telling that these ghouls have so little regard for any human feeling that they not only engage in this kind of behavior, but celebrate those who do it in their cause. How else to explain this reaction by the spokesman of the group set up as the public front for the terrorists targeting the Halls:

"This is the most fantastic day of my life. It's a victory for the animals and it's a fundamental victory for the animal rights movement. I feel so unbelievably proud to be part of the movement."

He feels unbelievably proud to associate himself with drooling morons who dig up the graves of law-abiding citizens in order to terrorize and extort them into knuckling under to the power of force. The fanily's attorney has it right, calling this a "very, very bad day for democracy." Laws exist to not just restrain government from using force to impose its will on the people, but to restrain people from using force to impose their will on others. What the activists could not hope to win at the ballot box, they have stolen through the use of force and the point of a shovel, in this case. Terrorists are nothing more than thieves and thugs with illusions of righteousness.

Will we hear from the "legitimate" animal-rights activists in Britain to demand an end to such tactics? Will Sir Paul McCartney, whom I greatly admire even though I disagree with him on this issue, go public and call these people out for the terrorists they are? If those who benefit from these tactics do nothing to stop the terrorists, they invite the breakdown of law and order that ironically will threaten their sparsely-endorsed agenda more than that of their opponents. That should give them something to consider before the next body that gets dug up comes back to haunt them.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at August 23, 2005 10:48 PM

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