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Monday, 10th October

Today, AstraZeneca started another week as a major target of the SHAC campaign by having yet another conference disrupted whilst one of their representatives gave his presentation.

Robert Holland (Head of Personalised Healthcare at AZ) was in the middle of speaking during his keynote address at the 19th Annual BioPartnering Europe conference, held at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Broad Sanctuary, Westminster, London SW1P 3EE, when SHAC activists managed to gain entry to the conference room. The activists made their way to the stage at the front of the room filled with about 100 delegates who watched intently as they unfurled posters displaying the truth about AZ's involvement with HLS.

Whilst the audience sat in stunned silence, the activists gave speeches about AstraZeneca's track record of falsifying test data and refusal to cut their ties with the world's most exposed animal testing laboratory.

As the conference attendees began filming the invasion on their phones activists described the reality of the abuse and torture happening within Huntingdon Life Sciences, detailing how workers have been caught on film punching beagle puppies in the face, cutting open monkeys while they're still alive and fully conscious and the truth of how incompetent and inept the staff are (not following procedures causing experiment results to be invalid, dealing illegal drugs on site etc).

All the while the entire conference was being filmed by a camera crew at the back of the room who will have captured poor Bob's reaction - after sinking into a chair amongst the audience, he sat shaking his head and looking rather disappointed.

Well Bob, it's time for everyone at AstraZeneca to realise that until you stop supporting HLS, you'll continue to be shamed in front of the public and other companies. Unless you want to go down with HLS - make the ethical decision and pull out of this sickening company. Also, AstraZeneca were a Platinum Sponsor of the conference so there was even more reason for protestors to be there. Deal with HLS, deal with us! See you tomorrow...

SHAC London


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