Graverobbing by Animal Rights Extremists


October 9th, 2004.

Daily Mail (UK) - October 9th 2004 - Animal Rights Extremists dig up the grave of Gladys Hammond
Daily Mail (UK) - October 9th 2004 - Animal Rights Extremists dig up the grave of Gladys Hammond


July 27th 2009 – Animal Rights Activists steal the ashes of  Mr. Vasella’s (Novartis CEO) mother.

The ashes of [Mr. Vasella’s] mother, who died in 2001, had been taken from her grave in the eastern Swiss city of Chur, and the message, “Drop HLS Now’’, spray-painted in red letters on the gravestone.

Recent years has seen a rise in animal rights activity in Europe (except in the UK which has bucked the trend), but little has reached the scale of arson attacks and graverobbings. Our hearts go out to Mr. Vasella and his family, and we can only hope the police are successful in returning the urn and bringing those responsible to justice.

Sadly it did not end with the graverobbing – one week later:

August 4th 2009 – Extremists firebomb Mr. Vasella’s holiday home

August 2009 - Animal Rights Extremists in arson against Novartis executive's holiday home
August 2009 - Animal Rights Extremists commit arson attack against Novartis executive's holiday home

“It was arson with a professional fire accelerator,” Novartis spokeswoman Isabel Guerra said in Basel.

More worrying still is the comments left by (Warning: AR Website) the North American Animal Liberation Press Office (NAALPO) – the mouth piece of the Animal Liberation Front:

“We personally can only regret that Mr. Vasella was not present in the home when it burned”

Extremists are not messing around, and unless people start to address the issue of animal research in the public domain the activists will continue to generate new, younger members. This extremism parallels a rise in extremism in the US we have seen in the last couple of years. We must act now before the more extreme activities are exported to the US from Europe.


Tom Holder


The ALF has claimed this action (Warning: AR website) for themselves.

60 litres of petrol was concentrated in two places around the house – the roof sheltering the front entrance was packed full of petrol bombs with most of the petrol containers placed under it by the door to catch the wood inside, and around the side the wooden garage door and angled roof supports were targetted with the second group of devices.

We will destroy your life.

The ALF members are becoming more effective in their arson-efforts – A scary world indeed. Let us hope that this event has the anti-extremist backlash in Switzerland that it did in the UK.

8 thoughts on “Graverobbing by Animal Rights Extremists

  1. I think you should have a BIG caution on here if anybody follows the links your IP is exposed to these crackpots!

  2. If you follow ShadowVegan’s link from his/her name it leads you to SHAC so you already know they’re not firing on all cylinders. I’m constantly amazed by the militant attitude of these types of groups. They’re nothing more than a bunch of wanna be hoodlums with nothing better to do with their lives. It’s pathetic really.

    1. Shadow Vegan, shut the fuck up. You are a horrible self-loathing person and you need to do some good soul searching before opening your bigoted mouth.

  3. Lets hope that this attack on Mr. Vasella has the same effect on the Swiss public that the Newchurch campaign had on the British public, bringing to their attention the threat in their midst and turning them decisively against animal rights extremism.

    AR extremists like to think that the Newchurch campaign was a victory for their cause, if so it was about as Pyrrhic as a victory can be!

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