Swedish farmers working with animals say they have been forced to hire security companies to watch over their farms after threats from animal rights extremists.
The claims were made after a recent study found that as many as one in three farmers in Sweden have been subjected to theft, while one in four say they have reported trespassing on their farms.
A study by the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and the KTH Royal Institute of Technology has revealed that farmers have seen threats from animal rights activists, theft of machinery and fuel, and physical violence and sabotage, Sveriges Radio reports.
“Thefts and burglaries have increased in recent years,” said Mattias Espert, a pig producer outside Trelleborg, explaining that it is often discussed in the farming industry.
Peter Lundqvist, professor at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and one of the report’s authors, said the wave of threats had negatively affected