Animals In Print
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From 15 January 2002 Issue
UPDATE "GOOD NEWS"
Efforts to Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty
Don't do the victory dance quite yet...but it looks as if Stephens Inc. may
be on the road to divesting its substantial shares in Huntingdon Life
Sciences. For those of us who have traveled around the country, harassing
Warren and the gang at Stephens, and to all who have diligently sent letter
after letter -- THIS COULD SPELL ONE OF THE BIGGEST AR
VICTORIES OF THE LAST
SHAC is awaiting proof and has not yet diverted pressure on Stephens. This may be a diversionary ploy, as Stephens shifts its HLS support to a subsidiary. Also, HLS has regrouped in the U.S. under a another name, Life Sciences, Inc. So, it ain't over til it's over. I will do my best to keep you informed. For those of you who also cried over Diary Of Madness and Michele Rokke's journal entries from her undercover investigation in HLS -- say a prayer, cross your fingers...whatever...and remain prepared to fight ANY idiotic company who dares to finance Huntingdon Life Sciences.
Mainly, remember Joey, Angel, Spud and the hundreds of thousands of beagles, primates and other animals who have suffered hideously and perished for HLS pseudo-science.
Hoping for Miracles,
Kinship Circle Letters For Animals
from SHAC-USA (Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty)
Activists Claim Victory as Lab's Largest Investor Announces Divestment;
Request Identity of New Financier as Proof
(Little Rock, AR) Members of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) and animal rights activists worldwide are declaring a victory following yesterday's announcement by Stephens Inc., the largest investor and primary financier of Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS), that it has entered into an agreement to sell all of its stock and debt investments in the lab. SHAC has asked Stephens to prove it has severed all ties with HLS and reveal the identity of HLS's new backer.
"We are certainly pleased with Stephens's announcement," states SHAC spokesperson Pat Monroe. "But we are speculative as to whether the company has actually quit or if it has merely hidden its role from the public eye. We've asked Stephens to prove it has no connection, directly or indirectly, to HLS and reveal the identity of the lab's new backer. Until then, pressure will continue to increase against Stephens."
SHAC has run a relentless pressure campaign against Stephens Inc. since the company extended a $33 million loan to HLS in January 2001, saving the lab from bankruptcy after all its major investors, including Citibank, Merrill Lynch, HSBC, and Charles Schwab, quit when they became targets of the same campaign.
The $33 million bailout package last January was intended to keep the identity of the lender secret. However, animal rights activists discovered Stephens as the backer within a matter of days and have campaigned against Stephens Inc. and its affiliates in the U.S. and abroad since that time.
"This campaign is based on leaked information," continues Monroe. "If Stephens is still involved, directly or indirectly, they will remain the biggest target of this campaign. If not, we will campaign against the new financier as aggressively as we did Stephens."
SHAC will continue with its planned National Weekend of Action at the Stephens Inc. headquarters in Little Rock, Arkansas this weekend, January 13th and 14th. "We will be there, whether it is for a protest or for a victory celebration. Regardless, we count Stephens's announcement as a victory whether the company felt the need to end, or simply hide, its involvement with HLS."
See www.shacusa.net for a full refutation of Stephens Inc.'s press statements.
To view and copy lists of:
Health Charities That Still Fund Animal Experiments
Health Charities That Don't Fund Animal Experiments
click on the links
The lists can be found with this weeks issue of AIP. Print out the lists and post them somewhere so you may reference them when making donations to charities.
If you are contacted by a charity that does test on animals please explain to them why you won't donate. Let your voice be heard for those that can't cry for help and encourage companies to rethink their archaic, outdated, cruel, inaccurate practices.
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