British activists targeted Huntingdon Life Sciences, which produces animals for medical research, by harassing employees and shareholders of banks, auditors and insurers that did business with the multinational corporation. As the Financial Times reported, an animal-rights mole obtained a list of employees for Deloitte & Touche, a Huntingdon auditor. Eventually, the auditor quit the account to end the harassment. In order to protect research that saves lives, the British government directed the Bank of England to issue Huntingdon its only corporate account and became the company's insurer.
Frankie Trull of the Foundation for Biomedical Research noted that businesses and medical researchers are forced out of business all the time. "People are afraid to step up and help because they don't want to draw attention to themselves," said Trull. "This is what the animal-rights people bank on.''
They also bank on animal-rights galas featuring glamorous celebrities who pride themselves on their sensitivity.
Think, ducks on a treadmill.