NETCU is headed by Cambridgeshire police officer Superintendent Stephen Pearl and “forms part of the national policing response to domestic extremism”. Basically they exist in order to monitor animal rights protests as few other protests are mentioned on their website http://www.netcu.org.uk

On their website they report arrests of animal rights activists and details of prison sentences handed out. Although they do not mention people who are not charged when falsely arrested, they conveniently “forget” to mention when people are no longer under investigation! Using words such as “extremist” to describe individual activists is another rather inappropriate abuse of their position. Newspaper reports do indeed seem to have been using this site as a reference and have almost regurgitated NETCU’s briefings.

Of further concern that the police are blatantly supporting the vivisection industry beyond their remit of upholding the law is the links page. Pro-vivisection lobby groups and industry interest groups included are as follows;

Animals in Medicines Research Information Centre http://www.abpi.uk/amric which was set up by the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry, “provides information about the role of animals in the development of medicines”.

Coalition for Medical Progress, http://www.medicalprogress.org ,“an alliance of organisations that work to explain the benefits of animal research and medical progress”.

Research Defence Society, http://www.rds-online.org.uk , “works to promote understanding of…animal research”.

Science Media Centre, http://www.sciencemediacentre.org “provides general advice and support to scientists”. This includes a guide entitled “when animal research hits the headlines” and is entirely pro animal experimentation!

Victims of Animal Rights Extremism (VARE), http://www.vare.org.uk . A support group for alleged “victims”.

No website countering these views was found on the links page. Not even the RSPCA gets a mention.

The police who are supposed to be impartial have no right to promote animal experimentation in this way. Whatever their personal beliefs are using public resources in order to promote their political agenda is inexcusable and deeply sinister. The term “malfeasance in public office” springs to mind.

NETCU also recommend that companies try to obtain high court injunctions under the Protection from Harassment act which is again outside their remit as this is within the civil realm. So far no case has actually been to trial and it is only interim injunctions which are in force. Directly quoting NETCU, “High Court injunctions have also provided clarity to protest groups and activists by defining what constitutes an acceptable level of protest”, and so multinational companies define what is “acceptable”, get an interim injunction and this is then debated in court. Not mentioned by NETCU is the fact that High Court injunctions can be obtained by anyone (including animal rights people who are being harassed by animal abusers) who can show evidence of being harassed. What harassment actually is does not really seem to have been defined but often polite letters or the mere sight of peaceful activists are often quoted as “harassing”. By this measure the whole legal system could potentially be thrown into disarray by those who hate garden gnomes, chuggers, cold callers, etc, etc!

There are also some concerns that NETCU have given personal information concerning individual activists to companies who seek injunctions and that the unit have been somewhat economical with the truth. This is utterly inappropriate and quite possibly unlawful behaviour.

Anyone who is offended by the blatant pro-vivisection stance of NETCU or has had anything untruthful published about them could consider taking action.

Complaints concerning Superintendent Stephen Pearl and his team should be sent to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), 5th Floor, 90 High Holborn, London, WC1V6BH, enquiries@ipcc.gsi.gov.uk tel 0845 3002002.


6 Responses

  1. I wish you all the best. Peaceful protesters aren’t extremist, but they have this imposed identity allover the world. Govt is just too scared of them and that’s why they misrepresent peaceful protesters.

  2. I have activily campaigned for peace, animal rights, and the environment for 47 years, and taken part in countless demostrations.
    Recently I posted remarks on an EF! site, concerning over-population (how can Gaia sustain 6.7bn?). Now (see George Monbiot in Guardian 13/12/08) reveals that netcu has listed one pop protester.
    Inch by inch the law makers and enforcers , backed by commercial interets are extinguishing the nation’s hard won freedoms, and spider-like enmeshing us all in surveillance-mad www in which ou every move and every communication, will be held and preservedcin a data bank. The IT revolution is showing itself as both liberator and jailer.

  3. Lol a bunch of paranoid morons who have nothing better to do than ride on the animal rights bandwagon. Just a bunch of self righteous wankers who needed another cause after communism collaped.

    You have a right to protest sure, but break the law and the police will take action. Why dont they take action against HLS? Because they arnt breakng any laws, deal with it and find something better to do with your time dipshits.

    Our response: … no need….

  4. @ i hate hippies: maybe one day you’ll be on the receiving end of the oppressive laws in this land, then you wont be so smug, you f**king toss pot. I was trialed without a jury at crown court for something i didn’t do after a police officer from the met decided i was the one he wanted to arrest, using anti-terror law 2000. i beat the charge, only just….i could’ve got 10 years. is that lawful? you idiot. get back in your reactionary box, close the lid and sniff your own farts til you die….

  5. I am puzzled. On their web site NETCU claim that they were set up by ACPO (Association of Chief Police Officers).

    Now, since 2000 ACPO has been a private limited company, largely to avoid the Freedom of Information Act.

    So, we would imagine that NETCU is similarly a private body ? However, a “who is” search on NOMINET on their website reveals that they are (or claim to be) a “UK Government Body”

    Seems like the mask has dropped1

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