PracticeAccounting FirmsCity contemplates ‘wild west’ rewards for violent protesters

City contemplates 'wild west' rewards for violent protesters

The City is planning to strike back against groups behind campaigns such as that which led to Deloitte's resignation as auditors of Huntingdon Life Sciences.

The company’s broker and banks also quit following a campaign against its controversial policy of animal testing.

The City is now considering ‘wild west’ rewards of up to £10m for the arrest and prosecution of such campaign leaders. Also under discussion are the development of informer networks, private funding for extra police or even a private protection force.

The Independent reported that the influential National Association of Pension Funds was planning to meet with the Home Office, Metropolitan Police and other City bodies to develop a strategy aimed at countering ‘campaigns of intimidation’.

Deloitte’s decision to stand down as auditors of Huntingdon last year came after alleged harassment of its staff by those campaigning against animal testing.

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