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Thursday, 14th July

Many citizens want to believe what the global pharmaceutical companies say, that: “animal research is essential to develop new drugs”, despite how many times HLS has been exposed for animal cruelty and falsifying data, despite how many times the global pharmaceutical companies like AstraZeneca or Pfizer have been exposed by the media for medical fraud, despite the thousands of people who have died due to drugs’ side effects, despite the thousands of patients who have developed severe chronic illnesses due to drugs’ side effects, and despite the existence of groups of scientific and doctors who campaign to explain why animal research is a major obstacle to medical progress today. Animal experimentation is unscientific, unethical, useless and barbaric.

Once again we spoke today for the animals who are crying and dying in loneliness in that hell-hole called Huntingdon Life Sciences, continuing demonstrating against the companies who invest in animal research at HLS. Don't forget the suffering that is hidden behind the razor wire. See this short film Inside HLS.

At 10:30am we started the protests at Axa UK HQ offices at 5 Old Broad Street London EC2N 1AD, a large equity and institutional shareholder of one of the main customers of HLS, the notorious, disgraced pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, who is currently being investigated for healthcare fraud, amongst other things.

After Axa, we went to BlackRock at 33 King William Street, London EC4R 9AS, the largest equity shareholder of AstraZeneca with 160 million shares in AZ, who are also known to have invested directly in corporations involved in the production of cluster munitions. A compassionate passer-by joined us for the whole hour as we were protesting outside BlackRock offices. BlackRock says they are an ethical company - they are not!

After a break we decided to visit Axa Investment Managers at 7 Newgate Street London EC1A 7NX, where we carried out a loud protest for over one hour naming them and shaming them for their unethical investment in the vivisection industry with Astrazeneca and HLS.

It was only 4:00pm, so we were determined to end the protests where we started them at: Axa UK HQ offices at 5 Old Broad Street London EC2N 1AD. After 5 minutes of protesting, a man in a suit grabbed the megaphone from the male activist who was chanting, threw it onto the floor and kicked it towards another female activist, breaking it; fortunately the megaphone didn’t hit the female activist.

It shows once again, that although “police have the duty to provide protection and assistance for peaceful protests and they have the legal right to arrest and charge those who commit acts of violence…” …it seems that if you wear a suit, you get away with that violence!

We are very optimistic and violence will not deter us at all and we would like to thank the employees from the neighboring companies of both Axa’s offices and BlackRock who came to support the campaign and to tell us keep the pressure up!

Until all are free!

SHAC London



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