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Animals In Print
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From 22 October 2001 Issue

 

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Shutdown Huntingdon Life Sciences

We must end the horrific torment and abuse of lab animals at Huntingdon Life Sciences. To do this we must not stop our efforts till they close their doors forever, bankrupted and out of business. So far we have been successful curtailing a lot of their financial funding. Let us continue the battle till we are victorious.

For those of you unfamilair with Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS), it is one of the worldıs biggest and most notorious contract 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 5 undercover investigations have shown workers punching beagle puppies in the face, dissecting a conscious monkey, transplanting a frozen pig's heart into a baboon, and falsifying scientific data and proceedures for animal welfare.


LATEST UPDATES HLS DEMONSTRATION FURY!

Demonstrators descended upon HLS in New Jersey on Friday as the workers were leaving for the weekend. For three hours the protestors showed their passion and commitment to the destruction of the company by filling the air with screams of injustice directed towards the cars trickling out of the parking lot - containing the monsters that perform the heinous crimes we all are well to aware of at HLS.

Standing within a hundred feet or so of the compounds where thousands upon thousands of animals are kept suffering, sick, in isolation, and in fear - the protest was filled with an indescribable anguish and anger that was only tempered with the knowledge that all of us on the picket line, along with the thousands of other activists across the world, are on the path to victory and that this campaign will only intensify in effort with every passing day and every passing animal.

The sadistic workers driving past and those still inside this Auschwitz for animals were left with a clear reminder that we will do whatever it takes, go anywhere we need to go, for however long it takes - to take this vile lab apart investor by investor, customer by customer, brick by brick. Siege mentality has set in at HLS in the US as the workers could not look at any of us, they would not let us see their eyes as they are filled with defeat. Through the mega-phones the protestors reminded the workers over and over again that the writing is on the wall for this lab - a diminishing customer base, a fed up shareholder base, no profits in the last four years, a half year report showing increased losses in all areas, no annual general meeting for this year, and now a US listing - the final act of desperation to stave off the inevitable. The protestors and the employees understood, in no uncertain terms, that HLS dead in the water.

Fridays demonstration was in part dedicated to all of you reading this from different parts of the country that are working on this campaign. We on the East Coast near the lab want to make sure you all know, while you are storming the offices of investors and customers, that HLS is still being targeted and the actual killers who we all have all seen in the videos tormenting the animals are feeling the wrath of the animal rights movement.

HLS has been pushed down and is on its last leg, so lets give 'em a kicking and get this job done!

2001 - The Year to Smash HLS!

-- 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.

• Bank of New York. This prominent northeast bank controls the American Depositary Receipts (ADR) program that enables American firms to invest in the British-based HLS. Without the Bank of New York, HLS would not be able to trade on the American stock market. (See www.bankofnykills.com). Thomas Renyi, President, Bank of New York, Inc., One Wall St. New York, NY 10286; Phone: 1-888-LINK-BNY; Fax: (212) 809-9528.

• Oracle Partners. This company holds 23 million shares in HLS. Larry N. Feinberg, President; 200 Greenwich Ave., Greenwich, CT 06830; Phone: (203) 862-7900; Fax: (203) 862-7996.

And we must not forget those who are actually performing these horrific experiments on the animals at HLS. Huntingdon Life Sciences, Inc. PO Box 2360 Mettlers Road, East Millstone, NJ 08875-2360; Phone732-873-2550; Financial Office phone 201-525-1819 Fax 732-873-8513; Finacial office Fax 201-525-1331


October 16th, 2001

NOTORIOUS TESTING FIRM SUFFERS FURTHER BLOW TO FINANCIAL CREDIBILITY

(Philadelphia) Animal rights activists claim second victory in one week against the beleaguered animal-testing lab Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS). Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) has announced that the last of HLSıs market makers has dropped services to the company after a two month campaign of public pressure. Eight financial institutions that matched up buyers to sellers in the stock HTDLY severed ties with the company in a nine-week campaign.

Without any market makers HLS will have severe difficulty having its shares traded on the Over the Counter Bulletin Board (OTCBB) on which they are listed. Without any market makers trading in the stock, HLS will be eventually de-listed from the OTCBB and faced with limited prospects of having any significant volumes of shares sold. Roughly ten months ago HLS was de-listed from the NYSE for failing to meet the financial requirements on that exchange.

This latest victory comes only one week after HLS announced an embarrassing buy-out proposal to save itself from financial ruin and move from being a UK listed company to a US listed company, a move lab managers took painstaking measures to avoid. HLS announced the move last week attempting to put a positive spin on the financial defeat with prospects of having more fluidity in their stock. The latest achievements of animal rights activists has severely undermined this projection.

According to SHAC spokesperson Kevin Jonas, ³this victory serves as the first indication to HLS that they will find an environment just as hostile for their cruelty-ridden business in America as they did in Britain. HLSıs move to the US is an act of desperation and we plan to prey upon their current vulnerabilities.²

The abandonment of market makers from HLS was also achieved earlier this year in the UK as English activists got HLS temporarily de-listed from the London Stock Exchange. The tactic of removing the labıs financial pillars of support has seen some of the most significant financial institutions in the world drop their investments or services to the scandalous lab. Citibank, Charles Schwab, and Merrill Lynch standout amongst a myriad of companies.


CURRENT ACTION

TARGET OF THE WEEK Ligand pharmaceutical company

WHO ARE THEY?

Ligand is a small US based pharmaceutical company. They also have an office in the UK.

HOW ARE THEY COONECTED TO "Huntingdon Life Sciences" ?

Ligand have paid for tests at HLS in which animals have been neglected, poisoned slowly to death and have been hit and abused by angry workers.

Ligand have been made 100% aware of this abuse. It's time to turn up the heat on these filthy monsters until they vow never to use HLS again.

Ligand was exposed in the diaries of undercover investigator Michelle Rokke who worked at HLS1 American laboratories in 1997.The following extracts relate to experiments on beagles paid for by Ligand.

"In room 921, study 96-3322, dog number 3693 caught her ear tag on the feeder. I heard her crying and screaming."

"In study 96-3322 dog number 1264 is extremely thin. Her backbone curves high above the rest of her body and her ribs are evident"

"Dog number 4694 has scabs on her face and bare spots."

"In study 96-3322, Nick and Kevin were bleeding dogs in the hallway outside of room 920 when I went into clean. I asked if I could go in to clean and Kevin told me I could do anything I wanted to in that room. I could clean, I could shoot them, I could do what ever I wanted. I asked if the dogs had given them a hard time with what they had to do. Nick said they had been every bad and Kevin agreed. He said they had tried to bite them. Then Nick said if I go in and see any dogs walking funny and not able to hold their heads up not to worry --it was because Kevin had to hold them down and keep them in line. Kevin said he had to clothesline one of them at one point I put the dog on the floor to walk and she could not walk normally."

Ligand pharmaceutical company continues to abuse animals. It is urgent that we write to them immediately and voice our protests. Below are the email addresses. Please take a few moments to express your outrage.

EMAIL:

General emails:
Investors@Ligand.com
jobs@ligand.com 

Board of Directors and Senior Officers of Ligand Pharmaceuticals
drobinson@ligand.com
pmaier@ligand.com
anegrovilar@ligand.com
anegrovilar@ligand.com
tsilberg@ligand.com
galiprandi@ligand.com
pduffy@ligand.com
egroves@ligand.com
hholden@ligand.com
hblissenbach@chronimed.com
peckc@georgetown.edu
Michael.Rocca@mkg.com 

Staff
hdobson@ligand.com
WChang@ligand.com
KKlausing@ligand.com
macosta@ligand.com
jhass@ligand.com
hmeyer@ligand.com
DRuppar@ligand.com
CSnyder@Ligand.com
skazmi@ligand.com
rprudente@ligand.com
myoung@ligand.com
gloewen@ligand.com
tghio@ligand.com 

PHONE:

1732 521 945
001 858 550-7500
001 858-550-7852

FAX:

1732 521 976
001 858 550-7506

WRITE TO / VISIT

Ligand Pharmaceuticals, 2 Kings Hill Ave, Kings Hill, West Malling, Kent, UK

Ligand Pharmaceuticals, 10275 Science Center Drive, San Diego, CA 92121, USA

Remember that Ligand paid for experiments at HLS during which beagles were hit and knocked about to the extent that they could not walk properly.

"For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?" - Mark 8:36

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