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ASTRAZENECA SHAREHOLDER PROTESTS IN LONDON
Friday, 20th January
Today we named and shamed once again the vicious, mercenary and unscrupulous companies which help keep HLS open: AXA, BlackRock and Legal & General.
We started protesting outside AXA's UK HQ, at 5 Old Broad Street, London EC2N 1AD (Tel: 020 7920 5900). It was ludicrous to observe the security guard standing still inside the reception area listening to the radio for about 2 minutes, after we started the loud protest, waiting for his supervisor ‘command’ to close 2 of the main doors. Thought-provoking how he didn’t have the drive to do it by himself. We wondered what he would have done if the radio hadn’t have worked… Perhaps standing up for the 45 min while we loudly and clearly protested?
Afterwards we went to BlackRock Investment Management (UK) Limited, at Drapers Gardens, 12 Throgmorton Avenue, London EC2N 2DL (Tel: 0800 44 55 22 and 020 7743 3000), a powerful investment corporation with no ethical standards and no scruples when it comes to investing in one of the world's most unethical investments: the vivisection industry.
We decided to have a break and go for a hot drink before visiting our next target: Legal and General. And… fortuitous coincidence! Two women came inside with a Legal & General umbrella! We couldn’t abstain from taking out one of our Legal & General placards, naming and shaming them for investing in animal abuse. When they noticed the placard, the one with the umbrella whispered to the other one and put the umbrella inside the bag. Maybe they stopped being proud of the company they work for?
So we went to Legal & General Investment Management, at 1 Coleman Street, London EC2R 5AA (Tel: 020 3124 3000 and 0800 027 7169), another investment company with no scruples when investing in animal torture or the production of cluster bombs.
Once again we exposed to the public these corporations’ lies, speaking out for those innocent monkeys, cats, dogs, rabbits, rats, mice, piglets etc who are now being poisoned, injected, brain damaged, dying in excruciating pain and crying in loneliness in their cold metal cages for the pharmaceutical industry’s profits.
We won’t stop fighting until every cage is empty.