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Friday, 2nd September

Another day of protests against AstraZeneca’s main shareholders: BlackRock, Invesco, Legal & General and Axa, who partly own the discreditted pharmaceutical company, therefore they do have influence on AstraZeneca’s decisions.

We met at 11:00am and went to Legal & General Investment Management at 1 Coleman Street, London EC2R 5AA (Tel: 020 3124 3000 and 0800 027 7169), an immoral company that also funds cluster bombs (http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/saving/article-1682270/UK-banks-cluster-bomb-shame.html) as well as cruel, pointless animal experiments. The protestors gave speeches on the megaphone naming and shaming them for investing in the murder of thousands of innocent animals and humans every single day of the week. We made sure everybody inside and outside Legal & General offices could listen clearly our message.

After about 40 minutes protesting we went to Invesco Perpetual at 30 Finsbury Square, London, EC2A 1AG (Tel: 020 7065 4000), we chanted and gave loud speeches naming and shaming them. Many of their employees who were having lunch in the green area couldn’t avoid listening to us. Invesco employees like laughing at us from their windows. Invesco, another “respectable” company, listed in the ‘Hall of Shame’ report by Cluster Munition Coalition. Shame on you, Invesco employees, making money by investing in the torture and murder of thousands of dogs, cats, monkeys, rabbits, rats and mice. you may earn high salaries but it is undoubtedly blood money.

The third protest was outside AXA Investment Managers’ offices at 7 Newgate Street, London EC1A 7NX (Tel: 0845 777 5511), who are very proud to publish on their web site their connection with the RSPCA: “At the Business Charity Awards AXA and the RSPCA were awarded the Affinity Marketing Award for the RSPCA Pet Insurance product. AXA and the RSPCA teamed up four years ago with the aim of delivering a quality product to help pet owners look after the health of their animals and also protect them from the cost of unexpected illness and vet fees.”

Oh… how moving and inspiring is that… but despite giving the impression to your customers Axa of being a compassionate and kind company that you pretend to be, we were there for about one hour naming and shaming you for being responsible of the unnecessary death and torture of thousands of sentient and innocent animals at HLS, all dying in pain and loneliness, not quite as ethical as you try to make out, eh?

The fourth protest was at BlackRock at 33 King William Street, London EC4R 9AS. (Tel: 0800 445 522), the largest equity shareholder of AstraZeneca with 160 million shares. BlackRock of course are also known to have invested directly in corporations involved in the production of cluster munitions. This is a great location to protest and we can always count on the great support from the public and employees from the neighboring companies.

Finally we finished the day going to AXA's UK HQ, at 5 Old Broad Street, London EC2N 1AD (Tel: 020 7920 5900), greeting them with our loud protest! It was 5pm and many employees from the neighboring offices were going home so it was the perfect time for us to name and shame Axa for investing in the vivisection industry with HLS and AstraZeneca.

We won’t stop fighting until these companies do the right thing and HLS is closed once and for all.

SHAC London



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