Animal rights radicals have been harassing Goldman Sachs employees in Washington, DC, according to a lawsuit filed in a DC Superior Court.
The radicals are members of two groups Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) and Defenders of Animal Rights Today and Tomorrow (DARTT). They accuse Goldman of earning blood money and torturing puppies.
Goldman filed a complaint alleging that the SHAC and DARTT members have been showing up with bullhorns and placards alleging that Goldman murders dogs. They've also been showing up at the home of Michael Paese, Goldman's head of government affairs.
The suit seeks a permanent injunction against members of the group from committing violence, trespassing or making threats against Goldman employees.
SHAC and DARTT were formed to protest the British company called Huntingdon Life Sciences, which they accuse of "mistreating and killing dogs in connection with the performance of research related to the development of medications to treat a variety of serious illnesses," according to the complaint.
The two groups violently protest and harass not only Huntingdon, but companies that do business with Huntingdon, including Wachovia, the New York Stock Exchange and Novartis, according to Goldman Sachs. Among these "secondary targets" is Fortress Investments Group, an investment company that does business with Goldman Sachs.
Goldman Sachs claims this makes it a "tertiary target" for the groups.
So why focus on Goldman? Our guess is that Goldman just has a higher public profile than Fortress. If you are a radical looking to make trouble and get headlines for your cause, take aim at the vampire squid.
Although, come to think of it, the animal rights advocates probably like squid.
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