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OH AR Activists Jailed / calls needed

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  • Kathryn L.Kovach
    ... From: Camille Sent: Wednesday, January 12, 2005 4:53 PM Subject: [H AR Activists Jailed Animal rights activist, Stephanie Wilson, is being held at 1000
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 12 3:42 PM
       
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: Camille
      Sent: Wednesday, January 12, 2005 4:53 PM
      Subject: [H AR Activists Jailed

      Animal 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
      likely.

      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
      laboratory.

      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
      Center.

      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.
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