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Animal rights activists are suspected of burning down the holiday home of Novartis chairman and CEO Daniel Vasella. Novartis is a multinational pharmaceutical company based in Basel.
The fire came just a week after Vasella’s mother’s grave was desecrated. A message was left on the gravestone saying that Novartis must sever its ties with Britain’s Huntingdon Life Sciences, the largest contract animal-testing company in Europe.
There is speculation that both attacks are the work of British extremists Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty, or SHAC, which is believed to be behind arson attacks on Novartis in France.
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It is shameful that some people set themselves up as elitists and commit desecration, destruction and even murder in their efforts to control other people.
They apparently believe that they represent a superior moral authority in the world, but their actions are immoral. I believe it is next to impossible to change their twisted minds, but at least they should be punished for their acts, and prevented from maintaining their diabolical courses of action. This is sad and shocking news.
Treating all animals decently and with respect is right and proper. Work in cause of stopping the wretched way animals are treated, especially by industry, is noble and necessary.
But destruction and desecration and threats of violence are wrong; it is not an acceptable means to a higher end.
You are not what you say you are, or what you say about what you did, or do, or will do; you are what you do. And when you choose violence, you become the very thing you hate.