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From 19 August 2001 Issue

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WORLD'S LARGEST ANTI-VIVISECTION CAMPAIGN TACKLES BANK OF AMERICA

Animal Activsts Launch "Partners in Pain" Campaign Against BofA for their relationship with Huntingdon life Sciences financiers Stephens Inc.

(Charlotte, North Carolina) Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) will kick off its campaign targeting the Bank of America with demonstrations in at least 10 cities across the country and a press conference/protest at their national headquarters in Charlotte. The events will highlight BofA's business relationship with the controversial investment firm, Stephens Inc., who bailed out the scandalous animal testing lab HLS, by loaning them $33 million.

Animal rights activists in San Francisco plan to demonstrate their disgust with Bank of America's unethical business venture by burning a giant BofA credit card in an effigy (August 20th, 12 noon 1525 Market St.).

In front of the Bank of America's corporate HQ in Charlotte representatives from this campaign will be on hand to talk about and answer questions regarding the horrors that take place at Huntingdon Life Sciences and how Stephens and BofA are responsible (August 20th, 11am at 100 S. Tryon St.). They will also demand a meeting with executives who have ignored previous requests through the mail and by phone.

Meanwhile demonstrations will take place at Bank of America offices and branches in Seattle, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Portland, Salt Lake City, Houston, Sacramento and Sonoma. Call Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty for more details on any of these events. The day of action also coincides with the launch of a brand new website - www.bankofamericakills.com - a parody of BofA's own site with information on their relationship to Stephens and HLS.

"We warned Stephens in April that we were just getting started and now we're taking on one of their most significant business allies" stated a SHAC spokesperson. "Stephens' and Bank of America's responsibility for the deaths of 500 animals every day will prove to be a public relations and financial disaster that they will live to regret."

The Bank of America has their entire mutual fund program run through Stephens creating a duplicitous and profitable business relationship. This venture provides the Little Rock based Stephens with the capital and business credibility that has allowed it to save from financial ruin the nightmarish animal testing lab Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS).

HLS, based in the UK with two labs there and an additional lab located in East Millstone, New Jersey, is one of the world's largest animal testing labs. HLS tests agrochemical and pharmaceutical products on puppies, cats, monkeys, rabbits, and a number of other animals killing roughly 180,000 a year. Activists internationally have committed themselves to shutting down HLS after five undercover investigations have shown workers punching beagle puppies in the face, dissecting a live monkey, transplanting a frozen pig's heart into a baboon, falsifying scientific data, and violating procedures for animal welfare.

"HLS is financially dead in the water. All they need is that one final kick and our campaign against Stephens and the Bank of America will prove a fatal blow to the failing laboratory."

Animal rights activists have made significant achievements against HLS in convincing the world's biggest financial institutions to sever ties with the company. The victories read like a laundry list of a who's who in the financial world, including Merrill Lynch, Citibank, HSBC, the UK government, their stockbroker West LB Panmure, and scores of others.


You can help us to close Huntingdon Life Sciences permanently! Contact the following companies that invest in HLS and let them know you will not bank or invest in their company and that by supporting HLS, they are investing in animal torture:

• Stephens Inc. This investment firm is the number one investor and financial savior of HLS.  www.stephenskills.com  
Warren Stephens, President;
111 Center St.
Little Rock, AR 72201-4402;
Phone: 1-800-643-9691;
Fax: (501) 377-2666.

NOTE: - Nothing within this message should be construed as endorsing, promoting or abetting any illegal or unethical activity.

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