SWEDEN: Animal rights activists force restaurant closure
Posted: June 26th, 2009 - 5:39pm
Source: The Local
Threats and vandalism allegedly carried out by animal rights activists have forced restaurant in Umeå in northern Sweden to close its doors.
In the two years since Michael Hansen opened his Garaget restaurant, which specializes in Texas-style barbecue, his establishment has been targeted by animal rights groups on numerous occasions, the Västerbottens-Kuriren newspaper reports.
In addition to confessing to breaking windows at Garaget, the Swedish chapter of the Animal Liberation Front (Djurens befrielsefront) admitted in December to spraying glue in the locks of the restaurant’s doors.
Nevertheless, Hansen continued to persevere, doing his best to “create a meeting place” where “everyone can slip in and get a well-prepared meal made from quality ingredients”, according to the restaurant’s website.
But after an incident in mid-May which threatened his family, Hansen has finally decided to call it quits.
“When actions include statements about my family’s safety being threatened, I have no choice,” he told the newspaper.
His comments came following an incident which took place on the morning of May 14th outside of Hansen’s home.
As he approached his doorway, Hansen discovered a bottle filled with a clear liquid and stuffed with a rag.
Near the bottle was a message reading, “Close down Garaget otherwise this bottle will come through your bedroom window.”
Shaken by the Molotov cocktail threat, Hansen reported the matter to police, but no arrests have yet been made.