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LIGHTING STRIKES TWICE FOR ASTRAZENECA IN LUTON
Tuesday, 23rd February
On the 28th of October, Bedford Animal Action activists held a passionate and peaceful demo at AstraZeneca’s Luton offices. It was a warm autumn day and it must have been most uncomfortable for the 300+ staff in the offices to have to close the blinds so they wouldn't have to be reminded of the cruel and unnecessary business they support and promote.
The police arrived soon after us and shortly after their arrival decided that we had to leave the protest. However, we stood up for our human rights and were promptly arrested and held for up to 17 hours without food.
After a four month wait and a two day trial, the prosecution dropped the case. After the case was dropped, we went straight back to AstraZeneca for a victory demo and to continue what we were doing before we were so rudely interrupted. The weather was chillier than the day we were arrested and there was heavy snow, but that did not deter us from making our presence felt with megaphones just freshly released from custody.
AstraZeneca it's about time you stopped your blood money dealing with HLS and led the way with an ethical policy, then we could leave you alone. With support growing within parliament for an independent inquiry into the efficacy of animal testing (which has NEVER been done before), and with a phenomenal 243 signatories in support for EDM 569 making it the joint 10th most signed of all 2,421 EDM's in the last parliamentary session - companies such as yourselves need to take heed, move forward and show that you care.
Not only for the innocent animals, but also for the 20,000 human deaths every year in the UK alone due to adverse drug reactions. Need we remind you that HLS also use and kill animals to test household products? Is this really what you believe in?
AstraZeneca, so far you have shown us that you don't care for freedom of speech. Unfortunately for you, it is our human right to protest at your offices and we will keep coming back time and time again until you stop assisting in the torture of animals in HLS and show us that you care for humans and animals alike.
We will be back at the offices soon, see you then.
WE NEVER GIVE IN AND WE ALWAYS WIN!!
If you would like to join us for future demos against AstraZeneca please get in touch by emailing us: firstname.lastname@example.org