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  • Cynthia Hendrick
    ... From: HLSsucks@yahoogroups.com To: HLSsucks@yahoogroups.com Subject: [HLSsucks] File - Direct Action Date: 13 Mar 2005 14:54:13 -0000 SHAC TACTICS
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      From: HLSsucks@yahoogroups.com
      To: HLSsucks@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [HLSsucks] File - Direct Action
      Date: 13 Mar 2005 14:54:13 -0000

      The campaign to shut down Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) is fast
      becoming one of the most significant in animal rights movement's
      history. The speed, methodology, and determination with which one of the
      world's biggest animal testing laboratories is being brought to it's
      knees, almost entirely by the efforts of volunteer grassroots activists,
      denotes the endless possibilities of what what a small community of
      passionate campaigners can do. The closure of HLS by an animal rights
      campaign will not only mean saving the 180,000 animals that die annually
      in HLS laboratories, but will also signify another nail in the coffin of
      the vivisection industry.
      Huntingdon Life Sciences is Europe's largest contract animal testing
      laboratory and ranks as one of the largest in the world. HLS is a
      company based in the United Kingdom where it operates two laboratory
      sites. Additionally HLS runs another laboratory facility in East
      Millstone New Jersey called the Princeton Research Center. Everyday 500
      animals die a horrible death after being slowly poisoned. At any one
      point there are over 70,000 animals in the HLS labs suffering a fate
      worse than death, including over 1,000 dogs, 200 cats, 1,000 monkeys,
      4,000 guinea pigs, 2,000 rabbits, 3,000 birds, 4,000 fish, and countless
      farms animals and rodents. HLS specializes in testing the toxicity of
      agrochemical, GMOs, food colorings, adhesives, washing powders, and
      various pharmaceutical products
      In the Spring of 2000 SHAC USA was formed to target the New Jersey
      laboratory and the shareholders based in America, of which the largest
      are located. SHAC has worked with groups across America, and worked
      closely with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and
      Americans for Medical Advancement. SHAC-USA has organized regular
      protests outside the New Jersey lab, and launched a significant
      campaigns against Stephen's Inc., HLS's largest investor and primary
      financier. After a year, HLS's white knight, Stephens Inc. capitulated
      and sold off 43 million shares. The fast and furious start to the
      American campaign has made amazing progress. Two large American
      shareholders have sold their stake in the company, the Bank of New York
      dumped 7 million shares, the president of the NJ lab has resigned, and
      the lab itself has been swamped in calls and letters. Major
      shareholders, market makers, stockbrokers and local suppliers to the lab
      have also announced their removal of support of the lab at an amazing
      The SHAC campaign has over the last year hit HLS in a multi pronged
      attack on the workers, shareholders, and clients resulting in all-time
      low worker morale, a rock bottom share price, and a loss of customer
      Workers: Everyday of the week a crowd of protesters assemble outside the
      gates of HLS's main lab site in Huntingdon. All day long as workers of
      HLS come go they are greeted with screaming protesters who let them know
      just how much their worth. Every eight weeks SHAC holds national
      demonstrations wherein over a thousand protesters show up to the lab,
      the town center, or a company affiliated with HLS in the area and lay
      siege to 'em. large demonstrations are always followed up with several
      home demonstrations of the workers. These tactics combined with the
      ALF's series of car bombings of workers (at 11 now) and numerous attacks
      on their homes has the a tremendous effect. There is a high turnover
      rate, and according to court documents several workers are having a hard
      time even finishing a days work, or sleeping at night.
      Clients: Through the various exposes a large number of HLS's clients who
      contract the company to test their products on animals has been learned.
      Animal rights activists across the UK have demonstrated against one of
      HLS's biggest customers, SmithKline Beecham, outside grocery stores and
      drug stores encouraging a massive consumer boycott and warning stickers
      are placed on the products. SHAC has also published in the internet the
      names and home addresses of the directors of HLS's clients to encourage
      people to take their protest directly to the people who have the
      ultimate say in whether HLS is used or not. The results have been a
      number of clients pulling their business from HLS and customer
      confidence to be severely shaken.
      Shareholders: To date the most successful tool in the battle to shut
      down this vile place has been to target those who own bits of the lab
      through their shares. SHAC published the names and addresses of those
      all across England and internationally that have shares in HLS on the
      internet (view the shareholder list) and additionally mailed out to all
      of them an informational pack requesting they sell their shares.
      Countless shareholders sold their stake in HLS immediately after
      learning of what HLS really did, and several others sold after having
      crowds of angry protesters on their doorsteps nightly. The biggest boost
      to the campaign has been targeting the corporate shareholders who own
      several thousand, or million, shares in the company. After publicity
      stunts, office occupations, phone and mail blockades, and home visits to
      the directors of the shareholding companies, large amounts of HLS stock
      had been and is continuously dumped on the market plummeting HLS's share
      price. HLS's own stockbroker dumped them as a client after an important
      event they hosted in a trendy South London wine bar was stormed by
      animal rights activists. The ALF has also contributed largely to this
      campaign when one of HLS's biggest shareholders sold all 41 million
      shares they had for one pence each after they received a bomb threat and
      had their entire building evacuated for the day.
      HLS's Bank: In addition to targeting the shareholders, SHAC has focused
      in on the bank that gave HLS 22.5 million pound loan after the 1997
      investigations. This loan kept HLS from closing and remains in that
      capacity today. All across the UK demonstrations have taken place
      outside (and often inside) the banks resulting in an 'alarming' number
      of customers closing their accounts. The ALF contributed to this aspect
      of the campaign by disabling dozens of the banks ATM's by inserting into
      the machines cards covered in super glue. The bank has succumb to animal
      rights pressure and has decided not to renew the loan, but has granted
      several extensions so that HLS may secure another loan, so the campaign
      Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty directs a large portion of their energy
      towards education in an attempt to make the public as well as Huntingdon
      Life Sciences (HLS) customers, clients and shareholders aware of the
      atrocities going on behind the closed doors of HLS.
      Educational outreach in public areas and holding informational town
      meetings has given the general public insight into HLS's labs and the
      animal abuse, sloppy science and poor worker conduct going on inside.
      This in turn has inspired people to take action in the fight to close
      SHAC has also educated unknowing HLS clients, shareholders and investors
      about the torture they were supporting. Upon learning about the horrors
      these animals were enduring, they cut all ties with HLS. This has caused
      a significant and steady decline in HLS stock which has already brought
      them to the brink of foreclosure once already.
      To get involved with educational outreach in your area, to obtain fliers
      to start your own outreach program or to host your own SHAC town meeting
      in your area, contact SHAC for more information.
      Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty utilizes peaceful protest as a powerful
      tactic to smash Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS). Targeting both HLS
      directly as well as their shareholders, investors, clients and employees
      has proven effective in other campaigns as well as the drastic collapse
      of HLS.
      SHAC has targeted HLS directly both in the US and in the UK. Not only
      have they had their offices and laboratories protested, activists have
      taken the fight to the employees front steps. Up to 70,000 animals
      linger in fear inside HLS, not knowing if they will be the next to be
      poisoned to death, punched in the face or disected alive. As they sit in
      their cages at night, in their own congeled blood, vomit and feces, the
      employees are allowed to go home to live in the comfort of their own
      homes and relax with their loved ones. They don't have to concern
      themselves with the well being of the animals who are left alone each
      night. So it is important that these employees are reminded day and
      night, at work and at home, that they are responsible for the death of
      500 animals a day.
      HLS clients, investors and business associates are also the target of
      protest. By attacking HLS's financial pilliars of support, we are able
      to remove any sort of financial incentive for businesses or individuals
      to utilize HLS as a business or as an investment. This had led to HLS's
      constantly dropping stock price and low client confidence.
      To get active with an organization in your area currently targeting HLS,
      Stephens Inc or other HLS related businesses or individuals, or to start
      your own compaign, contact SHAC.
      Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty is comprised of above ground volunteers
      who spearhead an international, legal campaign to close Huntingdon Life
      Sciences. We operate within the boundaries of the law, but recognize,
      and support, those who choose to operate outside the confines of the
      legal system.
      Big business has shown time and time again their lack of concern for
      ethics, instead focusing their attention on their profit. Often, simply
      targeting said business proves fruitless. However, as above ground
      activists have successfully targeted HLS's financial pillars of support,
      undergound activists have too targeted HLS's pocketbooks. Unidentified
      individuals as well as underground cells of the Animal Liberation Front
      and the Earth Liberation Front have engaged in economic sabotoge of HLS
      and their associates.
      They have also spent their time directly intervening and liberating the
      animals who are slated to die inside of HLS. Animals have been liberated
      from breeders as well as the laborotories themselves.
      SHAC does not organize any such actions or have any knowledge of who is
      doing them or when they will happen, but encourage people to support
      direct action when it happens and those who may participate in it.

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