Animal Rights Protestors Stopped from Demonstrating

Novartis Wins Court Order Blocking U.K. Animal-Rights Protests

April 14, 2014

 Novartis AG (NOVN) won a court order restricting animal-rights demonstrations at its U.K. facilities or against any of its employees after lawyers for the drugmaker said they feared it may be targeted.

A unit of the drugmaker, which already has an injunction against members of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty, a U.K. activist group, won the extension today of restrictions to cover anyone protesting animal research.

The pharmaceutical company needed protection following the conviction of a SHAC activist for blackmail last month, one of its lawyers, Tim Lawson-Cruttenden, told the court. Basel, Switzerland-based Novartis “may be at risk for any backlash that occurs after the sentence,” he said.