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Posted 2 February 2007
Oxford University has lost its contempt of court action against SPEAK Campaigns over their failure to produce an email list of subscribers.
The action was brought against SPEAK when they named, via email, the company involved in constructing the new animal laboratory at Oxford. The university claimed that if a contractor had been named, it was a breach of the injunction designed to protect workers and it demanded to know who had received the email.
SPEAK refused to hand over its list of subscribers and for this reason were charged with contempt of court. Had a guilty verdict been handed down, SPEAK's founders would have faced imprisonment. Now, they are able to get back to the important work of campaigning against the building of this animal-testing facility and the promotion of progressive and effective, species-specific science.