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SHAC FAQ'S

What about other animal cruelty?
What about all the bad press coverage?
Will HLS ever close?
If HLS closes, won't it all just go abroad?
What about all the other companies involved in vivisection?
Won't the Government just give them money?
Is the campaign violent?

WHAT ABOUT OTHER ANIMAL CRUELTY?
Stopping all animal cruelty is equally important, and during this campaign against Huntingdon Life Sciences and other campaigns we have run before this, we have been able to make many new people aware of the horrors of the vivisection labs, and also of fur farms, slaughterhouses and other areas of animal abuse.

The following groups are all excellent sources of information and run effective campaigns against different areas of animal cruelty. Please contact them for information and give them your support.

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WHAT ABOUT ALL THE BAD PRESS COVERAGE?
The campaign against Huntingdon Life Sciences has gained more press coverage than any other grassroots animal rights campaign in the history of the movement. It is interesting to note that after every story we might think is damaging, we get loads of members of the public coming up to information stalls and saying how they are right behind us. We believe that people who are against animal cruelty are right behind our tactics – those that sit on the fence or are against us will never fight for the animals.

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WILL HLS EVER CLOSE?

HLS will close – it is just a question of when, and only a matter of time. Look at what we have achieved so far – we have decimated their shareholder base, forced their bank to forclose on their 22 million pound loan, persuaded any other commercial bank worldwide from giving them a bank account, and virtually every financial institution worldwide from dealing with them, forced them off the London and New York stock exchanges, crashed their share price and made the words Huntingdon Life Sciences synonymous with animal cruelty worldwide. HLS will close, but only when enough people put enough pressure on them – simple as that. The important thing is to get involved and get active.

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IF HLS CLOSES, WON'T IT ALL JUST GO ABROAD?

The cruelty caught on film inside HLS is probably the worst ever filmed inside any lab worldwide. Secondly this scenario is considered highly unlikely by scientists as these countries do not have the infrastructure to support the vivisection industry. Companies are in constant communication with labs regarding the tests they are doing for them. These companies are not going to move to third world countries as their staff have no interest in moving there, and because these countries are totally impractical for them to work from. Also companies who test their products in order to get them on the market do so to avoid getting sued when these products poison and kill people, and if they are tested in third world countries they are far more likely to be forced to pay out huge amounts of money in damages.

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WHAT ABOUT ALL THE OTHER COMPANIES INVOLVED IN VIVISECTION?

HLS has become the battleground between the vivisection industry and the animal rights movement worldwide. We are putting pressure on the whole industry by our relentless targeting of HLS and the whole industry is judged by the public according to HLS’s appalling record of animal abuse, falsification of data and gross staff incompetence. Many companies we have campaigned against have vowed not to deal with ANY vivisection company ever again, a number of airways have also vowed not to import lab animals to the UK after protests and letter writing campaigns. So every battle and victory against HLS is tearing chunks out of the whole industry.

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WON'T THE GOVERNMENT GIVE THEM MONEY?
We have consulted one of the top chambers in the country on this one – Matrix chambers where Cherie Blair is employed. We have been advised that the Government would not be able to give HLS money by law as it would be judged to be preferential treatment to that one company as opposed to the rest of the industry. The financial fundamentals of the company are fatally flawed – HLS are 89 million dollars in debt, so it will take more than a backhander from Gordon Brown and his cronies to keep them afloat.

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IS THE CAMPAIGN VIOLENT?
SHAC does not support violence of any kind. We know that violence is happening inside HLS on a daily basis as hundreds of beautiful animals are terrified and abused at the hands of their tormentors. It is violent to force a tube down animals’ throats or jab needles into their veins and pour toxic poisons into their systems, it is depraved to poison animals and dispassionately make notes as they suffer and die, it is violent to kill and dismember puppies while other dogs sit waiting their turn, trembling in fear; it is abusive to punch dogs in the face while other people sit around laughing – these people are monsters and they are the violent ones, not us. We should all unite and stand up to violence, and save those who are suffering.

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