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OCCUPIERS FOR ANIMALS LOS ANGELES SOLIDARITY PROTEST

Friday, 2nd December

Occupiers for Animals, an affinity group of Occupy Los Angeles, recently learned that a corporation in downtown Los Angeles, BlackRock Inc, has financial ties to AstraZeneca, the top customer of Huntingdon Life Sciences. BlackRock owns 160 million shares in Astra Zeneca. Since each share is worth an average of $45, BlackRock owns approximately $7.2 billion of AstraZeneca.

We can think of a million more worthy causes to invest 7.2 billion dollars in besides animal cruelty (like helping the 44 million people in this country get some health insurance). We decided to march to BlackRock and let them know our thoughts but they didn't want to talk with us. We have had two marches so far, one on November 1st and another on December 2nd. We chose to dedicate December 2nd's march to the Free Speech 8.

Corporations like BlackRock and AstraZeneca need to stop the attack on our civil liberties and first amendment rights. We are aware that AstraZeneca is part of the American Legislative Exchange Council and we are investigating to what extent they have bribed state level politicians to push their own agenda. We will also keep reminding BlackRock that their choice to do business with AstraZeneca is unethical.

AstraZeneca needs to stop contracting cruel and unnecessary animal experiments through HLS. HLS was caught on video punching puppies in the face, violently shaking animals, falsifying experimental test data, cutting open monkeys while still alive, and routinely flouting animal welfare standards. HLS is the only laboratory to have had their license revoked for animal cruelty and remain the most notorious animal testing laboratory in Europe.

UNTIL EVERY CAGE IS EMPTY AND HLS IS SHUT DOWN FOR GOOD!

 


 

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