Fwd: [Vets-AR Issues] FW: [AR-News] (NL) Vet Fined Eur 200,000 after Calling Animal Rights Group Terrorists

From: veganvet
Sent on: Saturday, May 5, 2007 6:58 PM
Hi all,
Here is an interesting article (forwarded to me by a fellow animal rights vet) about a European vet who was fined after calling an animal rights group "terrorists." 
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Andrew Knight <[address removed]> wrote:
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From: "Andrew Knight" <[address removed]>
Date: Sat, 5 May[masked]:44:53 +0100
Subject: [Vets-AR Issues] FW: [AR-News] (NL) Vet Fined Eur 200,000 after Calling Animal Rights Group Terrorists

THE HAGUE, 05/05/07 - Leeuwarden appeal court has sentenced a vet, J.
Plantema, to pay damages of 200,000 euros to animal rights group WakkerDier.
He called them terrorists. It is unique for abuse of freedom of speech to
lead to such a high fine.

Plantema is a poultry vet. In an interview with agricultural journal
Agrarisch Dagblad last June, he described WakkerDier as "a bunch of
terrorists" who do not shrink from murder, arson, vandalism and intimidation
in order to improve the welfare of chickens. He also put the interview on
his own website.

In October 2006, Zwolle district court ruled that the statements were
slanderous. The vet was ordered to correct the article and take it off his
site. Every day that he failed to do so would cost him 5,000 euros, up to a
maximum of 200,000 euros. The entire fine has now been imposed - even though
Plantema did make a correction.

The lawyers of the animal rights' foundation successfully argued that
Plantema complied insufficiently with the Zwolle court verdict.
Although the vet did indeed make a correction, he did not meet all the
technical details. Thus, the correction should have been on his website to
read at a glance, but visitors first had to scroll down to read it.

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