The extremist leaders of a high-profile animal rights movement were forced into bankruptcy by the testing centre the campaign was aimed at.
Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) is seeking nearly £300,000 in court costs from Greg Avery, his wife Natasha and former wife Heather James, who co-founded Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty.
The animal testing laboratory — Britain’s biggest — suffered a sustained campaign including hate mail, harassment and assaults of directors.
HLS took out injunctions against protesters, creating an exclusion zone around its premises and the homes of staff, contractors and their families. But in bringing the High Court order, HLS has run up £297,000 costs. It was granted costs against the defendants but demands for payment have been ignored by the Averys and Ms James.
HLS successfully applied at Worcester County Court to declare the trio bankrupt. They did not challenge the application, but Mr Avery said: “They are definitely not going to get a penny of it. I always tell people getting into animal rights to make themselves asset-free.”