If you doubt the power of animal rights extremists to forcibly limit our food options, look no further than Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS). The company, which researches crop improvement methods in addition to other projects, “is fleeing the [United Kingdom]” after months of harassment by animal zealots, BBC reports.

HLS was firebombed by activists in August 2000, and the threat to workers there became so intense that its directors tried to remove their home addresses from public records out of fear of attacks on their families. The company even changed its name. Now, HLS is moving to the United States — where the campaign against the company has already started, with several actions last autumn.