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Friday, 7th September

On Friday, London activists once again visited AstraZeneca’s Global HQ at 2 Kingdom Street, Paddington, London W2 6BD.

AZ state on their website: “In 2011, we used approximately 398,000 animals (429,000 in 2010), including those used by external contract research organisations on our behalf. Approximately 76% were rodents, 22% were fish and the remaining 2% included chickens, dogs, rabbits, ferrets, primates, pigs, goats and sheep.”

This means last year they killed 302.480 rodents, 87.560 fish and 7.960 primates, dogs, rabbits, ferrets, pigs, goats, sheep and chicken.

They also state: “Animal studies continue to play a vital role in the search for new and improved medicines.”

Last month an article by Kathy Archibald, director of ‘Safer Medicines Trust’, published in the Guardian stated that ‘Nine out of 10 drugs that pass animal tests go on to fail in human trials’.

AstraZeneca kill thousands of animals and thousands of patients every year, and they get away with it! Rather than being guided by improved patient outcomes, they are wholly guided by economical profits. We decided to pay them a visit to remind the public about AstraZeneca’s barbaric experiments on animals inside HLS and AZ’s drugs which were ‘proved safe’ in animals and had to be withdrawn from the market after killing thousands of patients. Unfortunately, the mainstream media is being spoon fed by AZ and law firms so it’s kept secret from the public. We also spoke about AZ’s recent bribery and corruption.

Then we went to the City to encourage AstraZeneca’s shareholders to sell their shares: Axa Investment Managers (at 7 Newgate Street, London, EC1A 7NX, Tel: 020 7003 1000) and BlackRock Investment Management (at Drapers Gardens, 12 Throgmorton Avenue, London, EC2N 2DL, Tel: 020 7743 3000 and 0800 44 55 22). Axa announced their decision to pull out of investments in companies that produce cluster bombs in 2007. Surely it is now time they pull out of investments in a company that killed 398,000 animals in vain last year.

“In mid-April I was clearing an area near Kursumlija. The road and 50 metres on both sides of it were covered with cluster bombs. There wasn’t a military target in the vicinity. I don’t know why it was bombed, or at least I didn’t know while I was travelling towards the spot. Right there, in front of a bridge, I saw a blue car. When I was about 100 metres away, I saw that all the doors were opened. The whole car was riddled by shrapnel from cluster bombs. I had to check the car and clear it of remaining cluster bombs. On the rear seat, full of blood, there was a kid’s bag full of toys, also riddled with bombs. I don’t know if they were dolls or small cars, it’s not important, but they belonged to some children. Under the seat, there was a milk bottle with just a little milk left in it, also hit by some shrapnel. The bodies of the killed family, who had been fleeing the war, had already been removed." Sladjan Vuckovic, Ban Advocate (Sladjan was injured on 25 April 1999 by a cluster munition bomblet in Kopaonik National Park in central Serbia, It was the 107th bomblet he had deactivated that day.)

BlackRock continues investing in companies that produce cluster bombs, in effect, agreeing to create devastation, killing parents and/or relatives, blowing babies apart, causing terror, trauma, blindness, horror and poverty. 98% of cluster bomb victims are civilians. If they don’t care about these atrocities, then, should we ask why they might care about 398,000 tortured and murdered animals?

For the sentient animals who have been tortured and killed inside HLS. For the victims of Cluster Munitions. For the patients who have been made ill or killed by the side effects of AZ drugs.

SHAC London




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