Novartis CEO's home destroyed, activists suspected of arson
Animal rights activists are suspected of burning down the holiday home of Novartis chairman and CEO Daniel Vasella. Novartis is a multinational pharmaceutical company based in Basel.
The fire came just a week after Vasella’s mother’s grave was desecrated. A message was left on the gravestone saying that Novartis must sever its ties with Britain’s Huntingdon Life Sciences, the largest contract animal-testing company in Europe.
There is speculation that both attacks are the work of British extremists Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty, or SHAC, which is believed to be behind arson attacks on Novartis in France.