Consort Beagles

The Consort Beagles campaign was founded in 1996 by activists British animal judicial Greg Avery and Heather James, in order to close Consort Kennels in Hereford, a commercial breeder of beagles for animal testing laboratories.

Background

The company closed in September 1997 after a ten-month campaign [1]consisting of daily protests and raids carried out by the Animal Liberation Front, including the removal in May 1997, 26 beagles.

After its closure, the same group of activists set up Save Hillgrove Cats, Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty, and other campaigns that together has changed the nature of the animal rights movement in the United Kingdom.

Protest 

The campaign came to public attention on 24 April 1997 World Day for Laboratory Animals, in which an estimated five hundred protesters showed up for a national demonstration in the kennel is located in an area off the A49 between Ross-on-Wye and Hereford. [2]

Activists breached the fence causing it to come down, and a handful of demonstrators crossed security and climbed over the compound wall. The area then secured with three hundred police officers in riot gear, [3] until two masked men appeared on the single storey building holding a beagle they had removed from the kennel. [4] After an hour of riots, was pregnant beagle reduced to a group of about forty people. The dog was later returned to the kennel by the police. [5]

Notes

  1. Jump up ^ Woolcock, Nicola. Extremists seek new targets close to home, [1] The Times August 25, 2005.
  2. Jump up ^ Mann, Keith. From Dusk ’til Dawn: An insider’s view of the growth of the animal liberation movement . Puppy Pincher Press, 2007, p. 519th
  3. Jump up ^ Martin Balluch – interview, champion Online . [ Dead link ]
  4. Jump up ^ Mann, Keith. From Dusk ’til Dawn: An insider’s view of the growth of the animal liberation movement . Puppy Pincher Press, 2007, p. 520.
  5. Jump up ^ Mann, Keith. From Dusk ’til Dawn: An insider’s view of the growth of the animal liberation movement . Puppy Pincher Press, 2007, pp. 521-522.