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ASTRAZENECA SHAREHOLDER, LEGAL & GENERAL PROTEST IN HOVE
Wednesday, 16th January
On Wednesday, Sussex Action For Animals (SAFA) campaigners protested outside Legal & General Assurance Society Limited offices (at City Park, The Droveway, Hove BN3 7PY, Tel: 0845 274 5007) to name and shame them, loudly and clearly, for their unethical investments.
Personal greed and ignorance are some of the reasons why L&G employees don’t care about their company investing in the production of cluster bombs, or in animal experimentation at the most notorious animal testing laboratory in the world, Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS).
L&G employees have no sense of social responsibility, and so openly agree to purchase shares in a company that engages in questionable operational activities.
After one hour protesting, a police van turned up. Under the guise of 'friendly' conversation, they tried to stop us protesting, telling us that we could not use our megaphones, and that if we did, we could be found guilty under: “Section 235 of the Local Government Act 1972”, which:
“…enables district and borough councils to make byelaws for the good rule and government of the whole or any part of the district or borough and for the prevention and suppression of nuisances. This model set includes byelaws on climbing upon and hanging from bridges, fairground attractions causing obstruction to traffic, dangerous games near and on highways, interference with life saving equipment and road warning lamps, riding on road margins, skateboarding, touting, and urinating in public.”
Police have to give us notice of the bylaw in question. They can not simply cite the Local Government Act.
It is not 'touting', as we are not soliciting for any commercial transaction or profit! What we are doing is informing, speaking freely and using the right to protest.
500 animals died today, Legal and General is to blame!