(Original post by pendragon)
I havent been in Oxford since I finished in the summer. Tell me what they have been doing?
I am the kind of person who was very concerned about animal rights as a child, and I still am though in a different way than they would recognise, I see things in a wider more enviromentally driven perspective.
But seeing the truely terrible behaviour of anti-animal testing protest groups while I was in the UK has profoundly alienated me from having any sympathy with them. I had been able to concede that I understood and even sympathised to some extent with their moral arguments in the past, but now they present no arguments, they only act as violent criminals, and the moderates among them (if there really are any) are just as complicit in the crimes of the radicals for they do nothing to stop them or even condemn them.
i think most people would (or use to) sympathise with their cause...but now after the way they have been conducting themselves, they have lost all potential support...like you said, they are violent criminals. Its their violence and pathetic actions that get them in the news, rather than what they are protesting for.
As for those in Oxford, they announced that all students, tutors and employers, and firms funding Oxford uni were targets. People have received death threats, people have be beaten up, knocked off their bike, receive abuse as they go to lectures, the builders working on the new test centre have to wear balaclavas and have to be police escorted on and off the site. the activists keep releasing statements to the press saying that "Oxford better watch its back" and warning the actions "wont be pretty"....this is what one of them said....
"A heavily alarmed main office didn't deter us from spray-painting large messages on the garage doors and walls, as well as puncturing all the tyres on a Mercedes car, covering the bodywork in paint, gluing the locks and painting slogans over the windows. This is just the beginning of our campaign of devastation against ANYONE linked in ANY way to Oxford University. Every individual and business that works for the university as a whole is now a major target of the ALF. The University have made a crass decision to take us on and we will never let them win!"
The threat to the companies warned that those firms who carried on funding the university after a week could expect "full attention" from the ALF. They would have their "offices trashed and the homes of their directors and or trustees attacked". Another post said: "DO WHATEVER IT TAKES and blow these f#*#*#g monsters off the face of the planet. We must target professors, teachers, heads, students, investors, partners, supporters and ANYONE that dares to deal in any part of the university...anything goes."
i could go one...but i think you get the point