Will GM Field Trialists Be Covered By Insurance?
Tuesday 6 Nov 2001 Ken Shirley Press Releases -- Environment & Conservation
Ken Shirley, ACT Science and Technology Spokesman has written to the Insurance Council of New Zealand asking whether
law-breaking Green activists who target GM experiments and field trials will be classified as terrorists thereby
negating the insurance cover of companies and research institutions engaged in GM activities.
"I am outraged that Green Party MPs appear to be condoning such action and may even engage in law breaking activities
"Actions of eco-terrorism cannot be condoned in any society and if insurance cover is threatened or removed then New
Zealand's biotechnology research takes another backward step," said Ken Shirley.
ATTACHED: COPY OF LETTER TO INSURANCE COUNCIL:
6 November 2001
New Zealand Insurance Council
P O Box 474
I note your recent public statements that your members are reviewing their ability to underwrite damages caused through
acts of terrorism.
I read in today's Evening Post that Green activists are committed to law-breaking activities in opposing genetic
modification experiments and field trials and it seems that Green Party MPs even are considering joining in those
With this in mind I seek clarification from your Council on whether or not law-breaking, destructive activity
undertaken by the Greens would be classified as eco-terrorism thereby negating insurance cover for law abiding companies
and research institutes engaged in genetic modification trials.
I look forward to your considered response on this issue.
ACT New Zealand
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