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Thursday, 2nd June

Another summer day to name and shame the companies responsible for keeping HLS open and killing in vain 500 innocent, beautiful, clever and sentient animals today and every single day of the week: Invesco Perpetual, Legal & General Investment Management, AXA and BlackRock.

We started the protest day outside Invesco Perpetual at 30 Finsbury Square, London, EC2A 1AG (Tel: 020 7065 4000), a major equity shareholder of AstraZeneca and also one of 12 financial institutions in the UK listed in the report’s “Hall of Shame” by Cluster Munition Coalition for investing in companies that produce cluster bombs (http://www.article36.org/?p=111). Manufacture of cluster bombs is illegal in the UK.

Then we went to Legal & General Investment Management at 1 Coleman Street, London EC2R 5AA (Tel: 020 3124 3000 and 0800 027 7169), a major equity and institutional shareholder of AstraZeneca and also included in the blacklist in Charity Finance’s Funds Management Survey 2009 for investing in cluster bombs.

The next stop was AXA's UK HQ, at 5 Old Broad Street, London EC2N 1AD (Tel: 020 7920 5900), a major equity and institutional shareholder of AstraZeneca, who seems very proud of themselves for wining the Affinity Marketing award in partnership with The RSPCA Pet Insurance. Axa, why you don’t mention on your web site that you invest in animal experimentation at HLS? Please send us the link as we couldn’t find it. Did you tell the RSPCA?

The last protest was outside BlackRock at 33 King William Street, London EC4R 9AS. (Tel: 0800 445 522), the largest equity shareholder of AZ, and also known to have invested directly in corporations involved in the production of cluster munitions.

The only thing these companies and AstraZeneca have in common are bad ethics and greediness which cause and fund animal torture and human suffering. We won’t stop protesting outside your offices until you stop investing in animal torture at HLS! Get an ethical policy that means something and get a corporate moral conscience!

SHAC London


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