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Thursday, 18th April

"When I see a beagle in the park roll on her back, the image that won't leave my head is of a beagle in the necropsy room throwing her head back and screaming as a knife entered her, slitting her throat." - Michelle Rokke, Undercover worker at HLS.Get angry, get active!

US & International Week of Action Against US Bank - Monday, 22nd - Monday, 29th April

To get involved in the USA, email: usbankkills@gmail.com

Every three minutes an animal dies inside Huntingdon Life Sciences, averaging 500 every single day. US Bank makes it possible.
During the week of * April 22nd - 29th *, join the US National Week of Action Against US Bank!

US Bank National Association, a subsidiary of US Bank Corp. has been uncovered by Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) as the largest ever lender ($120 million) to controversial animal testing laboratory, Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS).

HLS is one of the largest contract-testing laboratories in the world. They have about 70,000 animals on site, including rabbits, cats, hamsters, dogs, guinea pigs, birds and monkeys. These animals are destined to suffer and die in cruel, useless experiments, which involve poisoning animals with household products, pesticides, drugs, herbicides, food colorings and additives, sweeteners and genetically modified organisms.

HLS have existed mainly on debt since 1998 and through campaigning lost their market-makers, shareholders, suppliers and customers over the years. Declining revenue, staff layoffs, and loss of orders from important customers as the global pharmaceutical industry make cutbacks means an uncertain future for HLS. Now US Bank has made the poor decision to attempt to keep HLS afloat in the midst of economic uncertainty and international opposition.

Join the international movement against HLS by participating in the National Week of Action Against US Bank.

For more information please visit: https://usbankkills.wordpress.com/ and: http://www.shac.net/action/US_Bank/index.html

To have you event added online or for more information about how you can participate in your area, please email: usbankkills@gmail.com

For general information on the campaign to close Huntingdon Life Science, please visit www.shac.net"

US Bank merch

Flyers can be ordered from: usbankcruelty@shac.net

A2 poster artwork available for download (high res pdf): http://rapidshare.com/files/3208543126/USBank_A2_poster.pdf


If you can not make any of the demos across the US and elsewhere, then please help us kick off this week of action against US Bank by sending polite letters informing them of what they are involved with at HLS.

For more information about Huntingdon's financials and about the US Bank campaign, please visit: www.shac.net/action/US_Bank/index.html



Dear Sir/Madam

I am writing to you because US Bank National Association, a subsidiary of US Bank Corp has loaned Huntingdon_Life_Sciences (H_L_S) $120 million. Without this loan H-L-S could not remain open and therefore US Bank are in large part responsible for the continuing cruel and violent actions going on inside H-L-S.

H_L_S have a long history of violence; they were most famously exposed in 1997 when channel 4 TV filmed workers punching beagle puppies in the face. In 2005 ex-workers spoke out about cruelty they had witnessed and in 2008 Animal Defenders International went undercover inside H-L-S exposing cruel primate experiments and disgusting conditions. H_L_S also have a track record of law breaking and manipulation of data. During just one known primate study, H_L_S broke the law over 500 times; and workers have been caught taking drugs and drinking on site.

Video footage, images and testimonials of this cruelty and misconduct can all be seen at the following link: http://www.shac.net/HLS/exposed.html

There are many hundreds of companies including NatWest, Royal Bank of Scotland, HSBC, Citibank, Bank of New York, Merrill Lynch, Charles Schwab, Barclays Plc, Stephens Inc. and Fortress Investment Inc. that have stopped dealing with H-L-S because of our highlighting H-L-S' track record of cruelty and sloppy work practices, which in the past have also included the falsification of scientific data, leading to protests: (http://www.shac.net/SHAC/victories.html)

I am urging you to explore all get out clauses in this loan and reel it in. I also urge you to raise these issues with everyone you can within the company and do everything in your power to halt your support of Huntingdon_Life_Sciences cruel practices.

Please raise this issue at any meetings you attend, and let all your colleagues know about H-L-S.

For further information, please visit: www.shac.net

If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to contact SHAC; either by letter to SHAC, BM SHAC, London, WC1N 3XX, UK, or via email to: usbankcruelty@shac.net. Thank you for your time and support.

Yours faithfully

[your name]



Directors: richard.davis@usbank.com, andrew.cecere@usbank.com, richard.hidy@usbank.com, bill.williamson@usbank.com

US Bank Media Contacts: thomas.joyce@usbank.com, teri.charest@usbank.com, nicole.sprenger@usbank.com, amy.frantti@usbank.com, tessa.olson@usbank.com, judith.murphy@usbank.com,
sean.oconnor@usbank.com, healthcare@usbank.com


All emails in this alert:

richard.davis@usbank.com, andrew.cecere@usbank.com, jan.estep@usbank.com, richard.hidy@usbank.com, bill.williamson@usbank.com, healthcare@usbank.com,
thomas.joyce@usbank.com, teri.charest@usbank.com, nicole.sprenger@usbank.com, amy.frantti@usbank.com, tessa.olson@usbank.com, judith.murphy@usbank.com,


Disclaimer and Information:

The details in this action alert are provided for information purposes only, and should not be used for any illegal activities as defined by the jurisdiction you live in. SHAC does not support or encourage any form of harassment; nothing in this alert has the purpose of inciting such behaviour, and we request that all communications are kept polite and informative.


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