People linked to animal experimentation who have suffered attacks and intimidation from animal rights extremists have banded together to lobby the UK government for changes in the law.

The Victims of Animal Rights Extremism (VARE) group was launched at the British Parliament on Thursday. The 100-strong body of people who have suffered violence and harassment wants the government to crack down on the problem of extremism.

“I think there’s a tremendous and desperate need for an organisation like this to exist,” says Mark Matfield, director of the Research Defence Society, who set up VARE.

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