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Animal-rights targets tell of terror, trauma
« on: February 21, 2006, 12:16:50 PM »
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Posted on Mon, Feb. 20, 2006

Animal-rights targets tell of terror, trauma

They blamed a Philadelphia-based group on trial. It says it never told anyone to break the law.By Wayne ParryAssociated PressTRENTON - One woman said she had received an e-mail from a sender threatening to cut her 7-year-old son open and stuff him with poison. A man said he had been showered with glass as people smashed windows in his home and overturned his wife's car.
Many others said they had been besieged by screaming protesters outside their homes at all hours, deluged by threatening phone calls, and sent pornographic magazines they had not ordered.
The trauma that employees of Huntingdon Life Sciences and other companies blame on a Philadelphia-based group of animal-rights advocates has been on display in Trenton during a federal trial that continues this week. If convicted on domestic terrorism charges, six members of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty could face up to 13 years in prison and fines of $750,000.
Targets testified that the harassment had made them look over their shoulders when walking or driving, buy guns, change their phone numbers, keep their children from playing outdoors, or even move.
Sally Dillenback said her young son often crouched by the door brandishing a 5-inch kitchen knife when the doorbell rang, promising to protect his mother.
"He told me not to worry," she testified last week. "He said he was going to get the animal people. Once I found him at the garage door with a knife. That was his state of mind. He was a 7-year-old boy."
Dillenback broke into tears as she recounted an anonymous e-mail threatening her son.
"The person asked how I would feel if they cut open my son, Brad, and filled him with poison the way Huntingdon does with the animals," she said. "That was devastating for me to see something like that."
Huntingdon Life Sciences is a laboratory in Franklin Township, Somerset County, that tests drugs and consumer products on animals. Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty has waged a five-year campaign to shut it down, extending its pressure beyond the lab to companies that insured it, traded its stock, lent it money, provided security for it, and conducted other business with it, according to prosecution testimony.
Some firms, including the insurer Marsh USA, dropped Huntingdon as a client after being targeted, the lab's lawyer said.
The group has noted that its members are not charged with carrying out any of the illegal acts described in court, and it has denied inciting anyone to break the law. It said its activities were all legal and protected by the First Amendment. Postings on its Web site recounting harassment or vandalism at the homes and offices of targets are no different from news reports by mainstream media organizations, the group has asserted.
Like almost all the other targets, Dillenback, a Marsh executive in Dallas, saw private information about her family on the group's Web site. It listed their names, address, home phone number, where their children went to school, even the name of her son's teacher and the fact that he sings in the choir.
Prosecutors said the postings were designed to terrorize the targets and incite others to commit violence against them. The defendants - Kevin Kjonaas, Lauren Gazzola, Jacob Conroy, Joshua Harper, Andrew Stepanian and Darius Fullmer - are charged with animal-enterprise terrorism, conspiracy and interstate stalking.
The result of the trial likely hinges on whether prosecutors can prove the group did more than simply publish information online. There has been no testimony that the group directed anyone to break the law.
"This isn't to be insensitive, but anytime someone is a target of a protest, they feel victimized and threatened," said Andrea Lindsay, a spokeswoman for the group. "While people may find it obnoxious, unpleasant or scary, it's not illegal. The government is hoping to play on the jury's emotions. They're saying, 'Don't think about the law. Don't think about the facts. We've got a crying woman up here on the stand. What are you going to do to make her feel better?' "
Prosecutors have tried to humanize the case, letting people tell how their lives were upended after the group targeted them for "direct action."
Marian Harlos, managing director of the San Antonio office of a Marsh subsidiary, testified that a late-night caller had asked her: "Are you scared? Do you think the puppies should be scared?"
Like many others, she said she had to endure noisy pickets outside her home in which protesters banged drums and screamed "Puppy killer!" through megaphones, and paraded with photos of mutilated animals. Masked protesters parked down the street from her house, videotaping her comings and goings.
"I had young children," Harlos testified. "They were no longer able to go outside and play. Would someone be in the back yard? Would someone try to take them?"
Eventually, she and her family moved.
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Re: Animal-rights targets tell of terror, trauma
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2006, 02:48:37 PM »
These people should be shot dead and paraded through PETArd HQ to prove a point.  >:(

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Re: Animal-rights targets tell of terror, trauma
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2006, 03:30:54 PM »
All I can say is that I am glad I haven't put up with crap like that. ???

Mess with My Nest, You'll get One to the Chest.  >:( :twisted: >:(
I have long know that it is part of God's plan for me to spend a little time with each of the most stupid people on earth.

I see you're playing stupid again...  looks like you're winning too.

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Re: Animal-rights targets tell of terror, trauma
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2006, 05:45:31 PM »
All I can say is that I am glad I haven't put up with crap like that. ???

Mess with My Nest, You'll get One to the Chest.  >:( :twisted: >:(
 

Same for me only i.ll be more likely to go for a sure kill.  Think about it being trapped in your own home and at any moment could get overrunned if they get to mad.  That happened to me I'd grab my shotgun and .38 and put them to good use.

 


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