Land Law Finance - Issue 14 - Autumn 2019

Issue 14 L and L a w F inance 17 The attack bears the hallmarks of recent incidents on game farms by animal rights activists. In response to the horrific story, Countryside Alliance Chairman Tim Bonner told The Times: “The recent attacks on game farms are typical of the animal rights extremists - violent and callous - they should be treated as an extremist group.” The incident, as well as others like this, have reiterated the need to include animal rights extremism in the work of the Commission for Countering Extremism, the group says. The Countryside Alliance has written to the new Home Secretary, Priti Patel, to request that this is incorporated. In an interview with the organisation during the leadership campaign, Boris Johnson was asked if he would commit to implementing measures to counter animal rights extremism, including any relevant recommendations from the government’s Commission for Countering Extremism. He replied: “While I am committed to protecting animal welfare, I will not tolerate extremism, intimidation and abuse irrespective of the motives that drive it. I will consider any recommendations that come from the Commission.” It comes as animal rights and vegan activists step up their operations in disrupting game farm businesses across the UK. In March and April earlier this year, videos were released which shows the moment nearly 5,000 pheasants were purposefully let loose a game farm in Wiltshire and other counties.