A family that breeds guinea pigs for medical research announced yesterday that it was to close its farm in a final attempt to get back the remains of a relative whose body was dug up by animal rights extremists.
David, John and Chris Hall said that Darley Oaks farm in Newchurch, Staffs, would close by the end of the year.
Their family, friends and business associates have been subjected to a six-year campaign of terror and intimidation that culminated last October in activists digging up and stealing the remains of Chris Hall's 82-year-old mother-in-law, Gladys Hammond, from St Peter's churchyard in Yoxall, Staffs.
Timothy Cruttenden Smith, the family's lawyer, said it was "a very, very bad day for democracy".
He said: "It is an undemocratic day when a campaign of terrorism stops a hard-working, law-abiding family from undertaking an activity that is crucial to research and upon which the lives of many elderly people depend.
"A little piece of freedom died today. I don't suppose there is a single day where they don't think about Gladys's remains. They are experiencing emotional, spiritual and traumatic problems."
A spokesman for Save the Newchurch Guinea Pigs, a campaign group set up in 1999 to lobby for the farm's closure, said: "This is the most fantastic day of my life. It's a victory for the animals and it's a fundamental victory for the animal rights movement. I feel so unbelievably proud to be part of the movement."
I can't blame the Halls who have bravely carried on for far longer than I would have done, but every time these terrorists win in encourages them in their next campaign.