OH AR Activists Jailed / calls needed
- ----- Original Message -----From: CamilleSent: Wednesday, January 12, 2005 4:53 PMSubject: [H AR Activists JailedAnimal rights activist, Stephanie Wilson, is being held at 1000 Sycamore St.
in jail in downtown Cincinnati. Please call to request that she be given vegan
food while she is there. Last night she, and Donald Antenen, were arrested
at a LEGAL home demonstration of a Forest Pharmaceuticals employee.
The jail number is 513-946-6146. She is set to be arraigned Thursday at 9 a.m.
in court room A, and will probably be able to post bond then. She is being charged
with misdameanor "Menace By Stalking."
Donald Antenen was also arrested at the two-person demonstration. He is
being held at the Juvenile Detention Center. Please call to see what he is
being charged with, and request that he be given vegan meals in the
meantime. The number is 513-946-2612. If the Juvenile Detention Center
line is busy, also try their other number at 513-946-2607.
Please make all calls polite as they will be seeing a judge on Thursday most
For Immediate Release: January 12, 2005
Contacts: Cincinnati Animal Defense League
POLICE ARREST STUDENTS PROTESTING AGAINST ANIMAL CRUELTY
Legal Protest Now Considered Harassment
On the night of Tuesday, Jan. 11th, two local students showed up at the
house of Forest Pharmaceuticals employee, Jeff West, in Western Hills to
protest at his home. Forest Pharmaceuticals pays a notorious laboratory,
Huntingdon Life Sciences, to conduct animal tests on products such as
anti-depressants. HLS has been convicted of horrendous animal cruelty by
both the U.K. and U.S. governments after repeated undercover investigations
showed workers punching five-month old beagle puppies in the face, breaking
Good Laboratory Practices, and falsifying scientific data. Animal activists
in the Cincinnati area have been protesting Forest Pharmaceuticals for one
year while demanding that the company cut off all business ties with the
Following the protest, Stephanie Wilson, an 18 yr. old Oak Hills High School
student, and Donald Antenen, 17 of Indian Hill, were prevented from leaving
the neighborhood as a man, assumed to be Jeff West, jumped onto the hood of
their car and refused to move. Both students were arrested subsequently
when police arrived. Wilson, who was scheduled to take her final exams the
following morning, said, ?the police took my math study guide.? The
officers also confiscated their protest signs. The two are being charged
with Menacing By Stalking. However, both protesters maintain their
innocence of these charges as they took part only in legal, first-amendment
protected protest. ?Calling constitutionally protected assembly ?stalking?
is an injustice. This is merely an attempt to intimidate activists,? says
Cincinnati ADL member Tamara Matheson.
Stephanie Wilson is expected to appear in court Thursday morning at 9 a.m.
to plea innocent, and Donald Antenen is currently at the Juvenile Detention
More information on the campaign to close down Huntingdon Life Sciences can
be found at www.insidehls.com and the campaign against Forest
Pharmaceuticals at www.forestkills.tk.