09/11/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Novartis CEO Speaks Out About Animal Rights Activists Burning Down His House, Stealing Remains Of His Mother (VIDEO)

Tuesday morning, Novartis CEO Dr. Daniel Vasella spoke to CNBC about the arson attack on his vacation home in Austria. The Wall Street Journal reports that MFAH Austria, an animal rights group, has claimed responsibility. The group's goal is to get Novartis to sever ties with Huntingdon Life Sciences, which Novartis claims it no longer works with.

There is no update on what happened to Dr. Vasella's mother's ashes, which were stolen the week before.