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YET MORE HLS CUSTOMER DEMOS IN DC
Friday, 25th February
Huntingdon Life Sciences customer AstraZeneca got their second office demo in just three days from animal rights activists in DC. The protests began with a noisy bullhorn speakout inside the office lobby. After security managed to push the action back outside, additional protesters showed up-with yet another bullhorn as well. Bayer, a fellow HLS customer in the same building as AstraZeneca, also was called out for supporting animal torture.
A few hours after the office demos, protesters showed up at the home of Brian Maloney, associate director of policy and issues management for AstraZeneca. Since this is a huge apartment building, instead of a normal protest the building was entered and flyers left on door knockers on many floors. Activists also called Brian from the building's intercom system and left a polite and informative message for him on his answering machine.
Next, protesters showed up at the home of Mark Coin of HLS customer Baxter, until Feb 2011 global policy director of AstraZeneca. Changing jobs to another HLS customer is NOT enough to buy exemption from the global week of action!
This is a global week of action against AstraZeneca, and DC animal rights activists have been getting their licks in!
AstraZeneca, a Big Pharma, contracts some of their animal testing out to New Jersey and UK based Huntingdon Life Sciences or HLS. HLS is a contract animal testing lab where undercover investigations have revealed such abuses as punching beagle puppies in the face and swinging them in the air by their hind legs to force them to accept toxic injections.
In addition, scientists who have left HLS have been sued for revealing that in some cases HLS has pencilled in the desired test results, not even attempting to determine whether or not the product under test is safe. This may have contributed to Merck's problems with Vioxx, which was tested at HLS before killing people. Animal testing is barbaric and is flawed from the very beginning.
"Ask the experimenters why they experiment on animals, and the answer is Because the animals are like us. Ask the experimenters why it is morally OK to experiment on animals, and the answer is: Because the animals are not like us. Animal experimentation rests on a logical contradiction." -- Professor Charles R. Magel (1980)
AstraZeneca, you have been protested all over the world this week. Activists in DC vow to never give up and never give in, until you completely sever all ties with HLS. You will continue to receive protests day or night, whether you are coming into work or going home for the evening.
Disclaimer: DARTT (Defending Animal Rights