National Anti Vivisection Society expose HLS cruelty and incompetence.

http://www.savetheprimates.org/files/stpreporten.pdf

To all those involved with this comprehensive, well researched, well written and damning report and accompanying film, the utmost respect especially the brave soul who was behind enemy lines for a whole year.

HLS workers are supposed to be these brave champions of science risking their lives, so the public are told, so that no-one need ever be ill or die again! The footage shot by the NAVs investigator shows three cowardly bullies tormenting a small macaque by pinning him down and forcing him to breathe in toxic fumes, others are shown in restraining devices which makes them look as though they are being crucified. These are the people who whine relentlessly about even polite letters to their employer they are mostly a worthless, pathetic, spineless, odious gang of thugs no better than those who torture animals for fun.

Imagine the following. HLS are so proud of their work they decide to set up a road show replicating experiments to the public. They pitch up and 3 workers grab a tiny screaming monkey from a cage, their victim is struggling and crying , they spread his tiny limbs spread eagle so he cannot move and then force a mask onto his face, as noxious fumes enter his helpless body his rectum prolapses in utter terror. What on earth do they think people would do? Pat them on the back thanking them? Show their children? Or surge forward, rescue the monkey and give the workers a taste of their own medicine by strapping them into the stereotaxic device and forcing pollutants into their lungs? We suspect that the workers would be rather harshly treated and rightly so. Of course as we know NETCU support such torture and would ensure that anyone who even criticised the vivisectors as they “worked” would be locked up or at least warned about “harassment”. Calling them what they are, torturers and murderers, would result in the HLS workers crying that they don’t like to be called such names and the police doing everything to placate them even if it means ignoring an old lady being mugged further down the street.

The NAVs investigator reported that on necropsy days when dead monkeys were dissected all of the macaques fell silent. The sheer horror, violence and terror HLS workers inflict on their victims has never and will never be inflicted on them, none of us would ever stoop so low as to kidnap, torture and murder one of them because we are morally superior , because however disgusting these lowlife are they are still sentient and because maybe, just maybe they will learn to be decent human beings one day, there is always hope.

NETCU, the CPS, the government, various police forces and the judiciary have backed HLS to the hilt and have publicly announced that they support all legal experiments including the ones filmed by NAVS. They too as bed fellows of this disgusting corporation are implicated with the atrocities committed.

Interestingly the Minstry of Defence are listed as HLS customers so what do HLS test on their behalf?

Dog is Love

The only argument that vivisectors, factory farmers and others who kill animals resort to is the human supremist one which states that animals are inferior, property, something as opposed to someone. The animals at HLS, Sequani, Safepharm, Covance, Bantin and Kingman and all the other hellish places are left without any human being present to ease their suffering most of the time the hours are 8-17.00 and if they collapse in their own blood and vomit and piss at 17.30 there they will stay until someone notices in the morning, often the suffering is simply documented rather than eased. Each individual is a complex being capable of experiencing love, fear and every other emotion we can. Recent events have brought this right home to roost.

My dear friend Hector died on Monday 26th January 2009. I was woken by him whimpering early in the morning and found him incontinent, salivating, cold and distressed. The on call vet came to my house and between us we got him to the surgery. He died on the operating table a few hours later. Fortunately I was able to stay with him for the last 10 minutes before he was anaesthetised and the last thing he would have heard was the voices of me and one of the nurses who has dog sat him for years, he was surrounded by love and treated with the utmost respect but alas he was indeed dying and his heart stopped and nothing could be done to revive it.

Hector was not a “something”. He (not “it”) was a someone who had a massive presence, a huge vibrant life force, a fantastic sense of humour and a deep love for all humans. Once we were staying in a house which was raided, the police in full riot gear sprayed him and another dear departed companion full on in the face with a fire extinguisher before dragging both dogs off to the loo not allowing any of us near them. When eventually we got them out he wanted to be friends with the police and tried to snuggle up to one of them to placate them. On another raid I was carted off leaving him with the police, a friend arrived to find that not only had a cop in full flame proof body suit taken him for a walk but he was sitting on their laps no mean feat as he was 25kilos!

He arrived at Boat Lane 8 years ago “for a few nights”. Physically and emotionally I was a mess rebuilding my life after being seriously attacked and injured the previous year, I certainly was not in a position to take on a young, vibrant, strong Staffie who would bolt off to explore the surrounding area at the drop of a hat. He had been rescued from a life in the dog fighting ring and despite our best efforts no-one would give him a permanent home and so days turned into months and after very eventful year in which he had frequented every pub and shop in Evesham driving us mad with worry he was to stay with me for keeps. Once he spent 5 hours in a pub eating crisps with the locals whilst we searched frantically for him until the landlady decided he’d been there quite long enough.

He was very, very naughty, the absolute bane of fishermen on the river Avon. Once he pushed some rods in the river and early one morning as an angler prepared his breakfast Hector swooped in running off with a whole string of sausages. Once a van pulled up with anglers in it wanting to make a fuss of him, he had leapt in their van and nicked all their sandwiches the previous week but they loved his sheer cheek. He was an accomplished thief who even sneaked into kitchens and begged for food. Once he ran into a bakery. He ran off to Woolworths on one occasion and was apprehended by staff as he rummaged through the sweet section! When the house was being renovated he insisted on being with the builders often moving the wood back downstairs when they had put it upstairs, shutting him away from them when he was putting himself in danger resulted in a very vocal protest and he cried piteously when one of them climbed out of the window to check the woodwork and only stopped when they came back safely. He loved the sun often creeping onto the flat roof and lying flat out on his back. He loathed cats and one would sit outside the front window deliberately taunting him, he also hated fireworks and if it rained he often whimpered and often refused to go out. He loved the frost and snow and rolled around in it for as long as possible. At the time of writing it was only a few days ago that he was throwing himself over styles, running through the mud and rolling in sheep poo. When he collapsed he still had mud on his tummy from the previous day on his last ever walk on Sunday morning when he raced up and down the riverside. On the Saturday as was often his way he had decided that the 3 of us (my other dog Jack and I) had been out for too long and that it was time to go home and sit by the fire, he refused to budge until we all started to walk back. In the last few weeks he had raced up British camp in the Malvern hills full of absolute joy at the deep hoar frost, days ago he crashed through the woods on Bredon hill after making friends with a group of ramblers. On one occasion as we watched in horror from the top of the Beacon in the Malvern hills him rushing down to pinch a rambler’s stick running off laughing triumphantly, fortunately the man was the sort to see the funny side as Hector ran back to give him his stick back.

Hector was the most loving person I have ever met. If anyone felt depressed he would snuggle right up to them and embrace them with his front legs. He loved human laughter often doing everything in his power to induce it. He insisted at getting into bed with whoever took his fancy at night often pushing that person out of bed. During the floods in Evesham in 2007 an Italian businessman who was stranded stayed the night and Hector stood outside his bedroom door crying because he wanted a cuddle from him and to make friends, the poor man was not really a doggy person and left first thing in the morning, I had actually had to physically extract Hector from his post outside the door several times through the night. He was terrified of fireworks and would bark at them hackles raised.

To some Hector and those like him are just things to be jeered at in the dogfighting ring. To me and those who came around last night to bury him with his toys and some biscuits he was a dear friend a beautiful, unique individual who enriched our lives and cheered us all up with his antics. Neighbours who had long suffered from his invasions into their homes came to say a tearful goodbye in the dark, in the rain. We buried him under an elder tree so that the Hag Goddess can protect his dear soul as he crosses over to meet his loved ones on the other side. I will never forget him and will continue to mourn his loss until the day I see him again.

A heartfelt plea to all those involved in animal abuse whether the victim be a chicken in the slaughterhouse or a primate like James at HLS being forcefed floor cleaner at HLS it is never too late to stop the abuse and walk away to a new compassionate life. Every one of those creatures is as beautiful as Hector, none deserve the horror you inflict upon them. Opening your hearts to their suffering will cause you immense pain as you let down your emotional defences but as many of us will testify it will be the most life enriching thing you will ever do to turn towards a life in which you make decisions based around NOT harming others with whom you share this world. Chris Brown had a dog called Nellie who he adored (unlike the cats), really what is the difference between Nellie (another real character and accomplished burglar!!!) and one of those cats sent off to be maimed and killed?

Hector was SOMEONE, every animal in HLS is also SOMEONE (as opposed to something).

May all find peace, love and happiness and may we get off this pedestal we have put ourselves on.
Thanks to all who have supported me over the last few days and to Hector thankyou so much for all the fun, laughs and love we shared even if you did get me into so many fixes!

Lynn Sawyer

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UK SHAC 7 Prisoner details please write with letters of support and solidarity!

With yesterdays sentencing please send letters of support to the UK SHAC 7. For more info on what they can receive at the prisons please check http://www.vpsg.org

Dan Amos VN7818
HMP Winchester
Romsey Road
Winchester SO22 5DF
England

Gregg Avery TA7450
HMP Winchester
Romsey Road
Winchester, SO22 5DF
England

Natasha Avery NR8987
HMP Bronzefield
Woodthorpe Road
Ashford, Middx TW15 3JZ.
England

Gavin Medd-Hall WV9475
HMP Winchester
Romsey Road
Winchester SO22 5DF
England

Heather Nicholson VM4859
HMP Bronzefield
Woodthorpe Road
Ashford,
Middx TW15 3JZ.
England

Dan Wadham WV9474
HMP Winchester
Romsey Road
Winchester SO22 5DF
England

Steve Pearl and Netcu we know where you work…

After some netcu related hilarity during the past few days demonstrations at Harlan, HLS Wooley and HLS Occold we took PCs Bacon and the officer we know as “Dave” in to the main Cambridgeshire Police Headquarters. And a police officer dropped a real clanger.

Please address all complaints regarding NETCU policing policy not to the PO Box but to the actual geographical address which is now confirmed as.

Steven Pearl
Constabulary HQ.
Hinchingbrooke Park.
Huntingdon.
Cambridgeshire.
PE29 6NP

How we know this?

We drove into the HQ, a friendly bobby said “Can I help you gentlemen”, we said “yes we have an interview with Superintendent Pearl”, “Oh” he said, “If you would like to sign in at the office over there and then speak to those officers (pointing at Bacon who is trying to get out of the car as quickly as possible to let the officer not to give up the Netcu hideout)”, “So we are in the right place then?” we ask “Oh yes, his office is over there” (points to the left of the building.)

For those needing to hear it from the horses mouth phone the main 0845 number ask for the HQ address and say, can we write to Sup Pearl there? Hehe.

Communication ends……………………….

How you might go to prison for not knowing or knowing someone…

“Persons Unknown” (the illusive terrorist group) made a special visit to seal the deal in the latest SHAC trial. Whoever these persons unknown are they sure to drop us in it time and time again. Apparently the defence were part of a group which torched cars, used blackmail and intimidation to further the campaign against HLS.

“They conspired to do A B and C … with Persons or Persons Unknown.” – Who are persons unknown?

Persons unknown are the naughty ones, in the daylight hours they could be teachers, taxi drivers, the unemployed, squatters, hippies, tennis coaches, midwives or anarchists. In the evenings they don balaclavas, gloves, lock picks, paint stripper and various other tools of the Persons Unknown trade and they take direct action to try and stop the insidious murderous industry which is the vivisection / arms trade / bio-tech / etc industry.

The above conspiracy law can link you to these individuals whether you know them to talk to or even if you have never met them at all. By legally organising (protest / stalls / leafleting) against these industries and there suppliers above ground, you may inspire someone who you don’t even know to take illegal direct action. e.g. paint strip a car / make a death threat etc. Or they may have sworn at an employee at your local arms manufacturers.

Now whether you support direct action or not, or whether you support vivisection or not it simply doesn’t matter. We are in a situation where the police don’t even need to prove you did something wrong or EVEN that you knew about the actions taking place. They can still just say you conspired. Sorry.

Now lets draw up another hypothetical, I smash up a shop because I’m pissed out of my face. I am arrested. I am charged. I am convicted. I get a slap on the wrist and pay compensation to the shop keeper. Probably not even a conviction in reality, its probably not really worth taking any further.

I smash a shop window that supplies pencils to HLS / Sequani (insert your favourite bastards here) and you are looking at 2 years minimum, better yet, you aren’t even the person who smashed the window, you are the press officer / website updater for the campaign against said bastard company. You are looking at 5 years for doing sweet FA. Because lets face it you probably knew the person and even if you didn’t they don’t give a flying shit.

Press are fed story after story saying how they were “PART OF A CAMPAIGN” that used illegal tactics (not that THEY used illegal tactics) past actions are dragged up again to remind the public of why millions of tax money is being thrown at a generally peaceful movement who has never killed anyone.

Having said all this about direct action, evidence used in court has included, polite letters, polite phone calls, using the word murderer, scum or even in one case writing the word scum in the dirt on the floor.

Job done, does anyone care about the sentences? These terrorists would rather see a rat saved that YOUR child. Aren’t they the people who blow up scientists? I bet they accept animal tested drugs if they needed them!

These are just a few of the seeds sewn by the media, phama / vivisection lobbyists, NETCU, CPS and other government spineless faecal outlets.

We live in serious times when the animal liberation movement is being portrayed as the Goliath and the Pharmaceutical Lobby, Police and Government as the David. Some lobbyist deserves a serious serious pay rise apparently.

For those of you reading this, we as the animal liberation movement ask only one thing, regardless of you view on animal exploitation or our actions as activists. We need solidarity, we need you to recognise how the police are trying so hard to marginalise our movement. If not for our sake, for your sake, because when you oppose industry and the status quo you WILL feel the full brunt of the opposition if not now then soon.

All the best and solidarity to all prisoners, activists and anyone who gives a fuck about anything and is willing to take action.

Chris

Hypocrisy, Terrorism and Extremism.

I have been looking at a few forums regarding the first SHAC trial and would like to respond to some of the main points.

HYPOCRISY

To start with the hypocrisy charge. Animal rights activists protesting against vivisection, it is argued, still use animal tested products. This is a very fair point which needs addressing to the best of my humble abilities. My personal view is that for a start everything water, aromatherapy oils, homeopathic medicines, mobile phones, pesticides etc, etc have at some stage been tested on animals. To avoid animal tested products is well nigh impossible in our society although we should do so as far as is practicable. A similar charge could also be made against climate change activists who could be labelled “hypocrites” if any fossil fuels are used or against human rights activists who will find it very difficult to boycott Chinese products (this is also well nigh impossible).

For some reason those in favour of animal testing always argue that we should not take medication as this will have been tested on animals, they never argue about ink in printers or additives in soft drinks (chemical laden fizzy pop is an abomination which afflicts the young). Of course logically it would be more ethically viable for an animal rights activist to take paracetomol an analgesic and anti pyretic which has been around for decades than an artificial sweetener such as “splendour” which was only recently tested on animals. If we look at a drug such as ergot (from a fungus on wheat) used to stop post partum haemorrhage it was in use thousands of years ago in ancient Eygpt. All medication has been tested on animals but we argue that there are other, better ways of checking drugs are safe to use.

There is very little information concerning how a product was tested, where it was tested, on which species, when it was tested and whether or not it contains bits of dead animal. The onus should be on the drug and assorted animal testing industries to provide this information to the public so that informed choices can be made by those who do not wish to use animal tested products for ethical , scientific, medical or religious reasons. Someone then might decide that they do not wish to use a floor cleaner tested on dogs at HLS and reach for the borax instead.

Roche produce vitamin K which is given to nearly every baby in the UK to prevent the rare but potentially lethal haemolytic disease of the newborn. It contains glychocholic acid from bovine bile which is hardly vegetarian or Hindu friendly, I also suspect that as the bovine bile is probably not Halal or Kosher strict Muslims and Jews may be none too impressed with Roche followed closely by those who are rightly or wrongly concerned about CJD. Maybe we should campaign for very clear labelling after all the vivisectors have proposed that they label animal tested things as animal tested why not go one step further and tell us when and for what reason. I know that aspirin has been around for a very long time and can use it with a clear conscience but it could be labelled as animal tested recently as ongoing experiments on everything already on the market are commonplace, I would also like to know the reason why it is being repeatedly tested. Aconite, a homeopathic remedy has been around for a long time, I believe it is ethical to use, if a drug company commission animal tests on aconite does that make my choice unethical? Of course not.

Some of the most sinister comments have centred around denying animal rights people access to medical assistance. Animal rights people pay taxes and many of us have worked in the NHS for many years. In fact I might be the biggest hypocrite of all because rather than dying when I was attacked by a police officer I accepted surgery on several occasions to my smashed femur, a blood transfusion, surgery to my face (my cheek was hanging off) and antibiotics to control the MRSA and pseudomonas which wracked my body. I could have denied all treatment and died of course and there are a few of our number who would have done just that. It would have meant on a practical level that they would have put my leg in traction and hoped for the best causing more disruption for the NHS staff and indeed a murder charge rather than GBH for the PC concerned if I had died within a year. On a moral level quite simply I believe that we should use drugs and surgical techniques that already exist. It would be highly unethical for example to ban insulin just because it was once tested on animals. Drugs could have been developed in other ways with quite probably better results.

Not one of us whether vivisector or animal rights activist can possibly know everything about every drug but we want animal testing to stop, not scientific medical research. This does not involve throwing out medications which have been used often for decades just because they were tested on animals. Of course presuming that xenotransplantation ever happens it would be the height of hypocrisy for an animal rights activist to accept an organ from a pig killed to order. I find it rather despicable to be told by vivisectionists that not only is it acceptable to be attacked by the police but that I should then be denied access to what is the prerogative of everyone in the UK the NHS , followed by whining over how THEY felt “harassed” by the incident.

Furthermore chiropractors, homeopaths, aromatherapists, herbalists etc are only available to those who pay privately. Someone with mild depression might be better off seeing an aromatherapst rather than being dosed up with Prozac. Medication is often dished out as the first resort when it should be the last in many cases. I would have a health service which in addition to “conventional” medicine and surgery would also have practitioners such as highly trained chiropractors, arnica for those post surgery, an emphasis on diet and aromatherapy oils in every drug cupboard.

Animal testing is also an inexact process. No-one really knows what will happen in the human body until humans have used a product for a considerable amount of time. Rats are a different creature altogether and can survive things we cannot. To extrapolate data from experimenting on rats is dangerous enough when we regard life saving medication but to test a food colouring on rats and then feed it to young human children on the mere assumption it is safe because the rats did not die is positively evil profiteering, HLS do this every day along with all of their contract testing lab’ chums. Even more disgusting is the fact that if I want to avoid an animal tested pesticide I can’t it is in the air, the water, the earth and being absorbed by my skin, HLS(and others) test a pesticide on animals tell everyone it is safe and whether we like it or not we are forced to absorb it into our bodies passing it on to the next generation through the womb and breastmilk. I for one do not trust HLS to rubber stamp anything as safe for me to eat, drink or breathe as they have been known to falsify results and they do not bother to monitor the animals 24 hours a day perhaps missing vital clues.

The Nazis experimented on human prisoners, they came up with some useful (and some not useful) data on hypothermia after torturing their victims which has been used by others since. If they had found a cure for cancer I would utterly condemn the methodology, lament for the murdered and put steps in place to stop such an atrocity ever happening again but the cure should still be used. In fact Marion Sims experimented on the poor and on slaves in the US and he is still celebrated as a great gynaecologist, the Sims speculum is still in use today. No-one (I hope) would ever seriously suggest that it is OK to experiment on innocent humans without fully informed consent (or even not so innocent ones) and I would argue that it would be throwing out the baby with the bath water to exclude every medical and other intervention which came into being by abusing humans. Using for example techniques perfected by the Nazis to save a life on an air/sea rescue operation does not involve condoning the atrocity. Driving on a road once made by slaves does not condone slavery.

Experiments on humans without their consent have been conducted by drug companies this century notably Pfizer. What I would suggest is that those responsible are put on trial for mass murder and if found guilty incarcerated for the rest of their lives and the company’s assets seized. The victims or their families should be compensated handsomely, sod the share holders. Then if for example they have actually found out something useful such as a cure for Parkinsons that should be used for the benefit of humankind.

Some people posting have suggested that animal rights activists should be carted off to HLS and experimented on. I do not think that this was meant seriously, if it was of course if the law is even handed this would be regarded as a threat to torture and kill, so be careful out there we would hate you all to play into our hands!

TERRORISM

Were the suffragettes “terrorists”? Or the miners? Or the feminists? Campaigns have always consisted of those who operate legally and others unlawfully. In the 70s some fire bombed porn shops in the name of feminism, in the 90s miners went to Michael Heseltine’s home and dug up his lawn, the suffragettes massed on Knightsbridge with hammers smashing in every shop window, did home demos with hundreds of people, set fire to buildings and anything and everything stopping short of seriously injuring or killing people. The animal rights movement over a long distinguished history dating back to when the Band of Mercy wrecked grouse butts back in Victorian times have not killed anyone and this is no coincidence. Animal rights is based upon the premise that humans have rights and that it is despicable to infer inferiority due to race, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, religion, language, physical or mental impairment etc. We simply go one step further by believing that it is despicable also to infer inferiority on the basis of species.

Killing someone even in extremis defending self or those who cannot defend themselves is a very heavy undertaking which none have been able as yet to enact. Respect for human rights is part and parcel of animal rights actual terrorism by which I mean no regard for life and limb has as yet not happened. The UK SHAC 7 ran a legal campaign which continues, they are not terrorists. For the record they have been found guilty of conspiring to blackmail with persons unknown, they have not been convicted of doing the multitude of things suggested in the press, nor is it in any way proven that they knew the people who did these things, approved or encouraged. Persons unknown did stuff, other people, those who are openly stating that they are opposed to HLS will go to prison for it.

Imagine a campaign against phonemasts. Should those in the public eye go to prison for up to 14 years just because persons unknown to them have carried out arson attacks on said masts? Even though they have put disclaimers against illegal acts on their website? Even though a barrister has sanctioned every leaflet and newsletter?

The conspiracy to blackmail charge could have been used against the Suffragettes, the miners and he feminist movement as well as many modern counterparts. Methinks that we have not seen the last of this charge against protestors.

EXTREMISM

One of the things that concerns me is that the reason why SHAC campaigned against HLS is being vilified more than the tactics used by some people who remain for the most part unknown. Surely if it is wrong to send a used condom or brand someone a paedophile it is wrong for any reason whether the sender is trying to make a point about vivisection or child slave labour? Much of the debate centres on the premise that animals are nothing and that it is heretical to even suggest otherwise let alone try and protect them from greedy selfish fellow humans. The word “traitor” has even been uttered on Oxford Gossip re to the human race (now there’s a suprise) and even a suggestion to hang the defendants (made in jest I’m sure..I hope!) suggesting that it is not the so-called crime that is at issue but the motive i.e compassion for other creatures.

More nauseating are the occasional comments from animal rights activists trying to disassociate themselves from SHAC on the grounds that they do not approve of everything the media have reported the defendants did. I actually do not approve of every single thing done in the name of animal rights, first of all I don’t know of every single action but I do know that the media have blatantly lied to the public in actually reporting that the 7 defendants sent incendiary devices, yucky things in the post and hate mail themselves. Logic and common sense makes it impossible that Dan A, Dan W and Gerrah could have dug up Gladys Hammonds grave when at that time they were still at school and had probably not even heard of SHAC, HLS or the Newchurch campaign.

It is however brilliant to see that vivisection is being discussed and thought about albeit in the narrow confines of cosmetic and medical testing. Why are we not discussing pesticides, GM crops, plastics, chemicals, paint, noxious gases, artificial sweeteners, health foods, fridge coolants, chemical cleaners, aromatherapy oils, cosmetic botox, ad infinitum all of which are forced on our animal brothers and sisters before being forced on us? Come on then all those who support animal testing I can’t wait to see you justification for testing floor cleaner on a wild caught primate something I would call extreme cruelty which would induce a violent response from Joe public if anyone were to do this in any town centre.

A few words to all those who are naive enough to believe the crap they have been spoonfed by the media;

The police lie, it’s true sorry to burst the bubble. They lie all the time look at what they said about Earth First! in the Observer. They even have been known to fib in court. They arrest activists illegally and then have to compensate them financially.

The police via NETCU have said that they are in favour of animal testing. They have openly taken a political stance and if this does not bother you well….it should. The police should hardly have had links on their site to pro vivisection lobby groups such as the Research Defence Society. Imagine if the police said publicly on a website that they supported abortion or shooting pheasants very, very bad. NETCU and all their little underlings are nothing more than the lackeys of the vivisection industry who would love to play lap dog to EDO and EON as well.

The courts are not fair. Do not think ever that you have heard the whole story in court. Behind the scene evidence is omitted, threats made and all sorts of shenanegans. The courts are infinitely better than stringing people up from the nearest lamp post but favour the powerful and the wealthy. Senior executives from certain corporations could if the police put their mind to it be tried for conspiracy to blackmail, pollute, murder and perjure but it is a bit unlikely. It is however interesting to fantasise about how much worse a company like Shell would look like if put under the same scrutiny as SHAC using the same state resources. I think that the individuals cherry picked for the occasion would look positively demonic.

Some of the “victims” we all hear about are not very nice people. They have also sent yucky things in the post including a dead mouse and loads of weird racist stuff. In fact during the Newchurch campaign pro vivisection yobs cracked a few skulls beating protestors whilst the police turned their backs on the assaults. My apologies again for ruining the image of the benign, besieged, brainbox who would have cured cancer by now if it wasn’t for those wretched villains in the animal rights movement.

Vivisectors are flesh and blood not deities. Somehow the police, the government and media have deified them the end result of which is greater protection in law than those who actually do save lives such as Doctors, Nurses, Firemen all of whom often run the gauntlet of abuse and assaults at work. Punch the GP because he “dissed” you and you might get community service if you are very unlucky, demonstrate peacefully outside a place that makes cages for laboratory animals you could be sent to prison for 4.5 years and have your liberty curtailed for a further 5 years with a CRASBO. This is also a prime example of human supremist extremism.

Hope that this might be of assistance to someone.

Lynn Sawyer

Proportionality and the vilification of the animal rights movement

Proportionality and the vilification of the animal rights movement
As we do our best to reduce our carbon footprint instead of central heating (which is for wimps…..only joking) we have a woodburning stove on which kettles are boiled and food cooked throughout the winter. For 2 years now old legal papers from injunctions and all manner of cases have helped us to do this lighting a nice warm fire for us all to bask in. Regrettably these papers cannot be recycled due to the confidential information contained within and we are near the end. Yesturday though some of the letters sent to HLS suppliers/customers emerged from the kindling box. Some of these were along the lines of “die scum die” etc and these were put up as part of bundles of evidence as harassment, fair enough although letters sent to some of us were of a similar sentiment.

However many of the letters were very polite and included the address of the sender, hardly in accordance with a criminal mastermind blackmail plot and if anyone felt “harassed” by them then they are delicate souls incapable of living in the real world, or, bare faced liars. All of the letters, however, are supposedly “evidence” of “harassment”. Some quotes from the letters are as follows, all are polite in their entirety, all were addressed to the company not a named individual.

“I would like to take this opportunity to respectfully request that you do all within your capability to ensure your company ceases trading with those nasty people……Thankyou for taking the time to read my letter…..Peace and God’s blessing to you”.

“Please read the leaflet I have enclosed”.

“I urge you to stop dealing with this heinous company”

“Animal tested drugs cause 18000 deaths in the UK every year”

“Please sever ties with HLS, thankyou”

“Why continue to support animal and human suffering to benefit fraudulent drug companies”

It has not been unknown for the police to threaten to arrest people who have written such letters. It’s nice and easy for them as letter writers have honestly given their home addresses and of course the officers concerned can pretend to themselves and the gullible that they are dealing with hardened terrorists rather than an octogenarian bookseller. Of course vivisectionists and all their sympathisers/lackeys in the police, the courts, government and the media will argue that polite letters should only be immune from prosecution if addressed to an MP or a newspaper but we would argue that many companies and their employees should first of all be able to cope with protest letters, secondly they might not be aware of the cruelty inflicted and wish to decide to make a stand against it. After all when some Marsh employees found out that the company they worked for insured HLS they created a huge fuss within the organisation and were utterly outraged. One very good reason why activists should be accessible and kind to workers many of whom may well be supportive of animal rights and potentially become very helpful allies.

It is easy to understand why people argue “rather a rat die than my baby”, this is visceral, it is natural and we empathise after all we too suffer from illness as do our close relatives. However we argue that the same argument could be used on the lines of “rather a murderer die than my baby” or even “rather a dear old retired nonagenarian nurse with Alzeimers die than my baby” it is all utterly unacceptable as all are sentient beings. Futhermore we only know if the results from the rats (or the murderer or the nonagenarian both of whom are adults NOT babies)are accurate once the baby has been given the drug in question, it may work, it may make things worse. Thousands of people die every year as a result of drugs tested as safe on non-human animals which are then toxic for humans. We utterly condemn research on other species and non compliant human subjects even for life threatening conditions on moral and scientific grounds, but we do understand that people want cures for diseases, we do too.

Prevention should also play a part people usually make a choice to eat too much, take illicit drugs, drink alcohol, smoke, use the car rather than walk dangle off of cliffs. Sympathies to all who become ill as a direct or indirect result of lifestyle and addictions, all deserve the best medical and nursing care but to suggest that animals should suffer for our indiscretions is despicable. There is a cure for being too fat it is called “exercise more, eat less” and it works for most people. There is a cure for alcoholism it is called “abstinence”. There is a cure for ACHD it is called “not pumping the little sods full of artificial additives and allowing them to exercise properly” which also works in many cases. There is a cure for not enough land to feed the masses, rivers being polluted with farm animal faeces, antibiotics in the human food chain contributing to “superbugs”, 18% of global warming, BSE, the vast majority of food poisoning and many other social, political, environmental and individual ailments, it is called “veganism”. Need we go on?

What is really galling is the way in which the vivisectors and their sympathisers and the general media rarely debate the use of innocent creatures in the UK to test frivolous products. Now if a group of yobs took a pregnant dog into a busy high street and starting forcing weedkiller down her throat what do you think would happen? Yes people would walk past, others might call the police, others would definitely intervene, they might even use violence after all various forums are full of non animal rights people promising to hurt those who have been found guilty of cruelty to animals http://www.carp.com/carp-forum/viewtopic.php?p=411927 . What if those who called the police were told “it’s legal, write to your MP, get the law changed”? Should they walk on, go home, write and wait for a reply? What if those who intervened and tried to rescue that poor dog were arrested and imprisoned? This is what has happened to the 2 groups of SHAC 7 both in the UK and USA, they tried to intervene and stop a catalogue of atrocities 500 of them committed every single day. The only differences between the gang in the street and HLS workers is closed doors, razorwire and a very thin veneer of respectability please log on to http://www.shac.net/HLS/what_tests.html and look at the papers which have come out of HLS. Vivisectors argue that they only abuse animals if it is absolutely necessary judge for yourself whether testing an artificial sweetener on a monkey, or nicotine on mice, or musk ( a scent for cleaners) on rats, or caramel food colouring on mice is “absolutely necessary” for anything else than utter greed. What HLS do is no better than the horror stories we all hear about when animals are tortured by disturbed or sadistic individuals, only problem is that no RSPCA inspector would ever be able to gain access to HLS without a prior appointment.

Some will argue that they really don’t care, maybe they will only care when for example a food colouring tested on animals is released onto the market and declared as “safe” is actually a carcinogen and directly threatens their miserable life. Indeed some vile creatures (Oxford Gossip….again) have pledged to only use shampoo recently tested on animals notably Proctor and Gambles Herbal Essences. Well we will have no sympathy for them when all their hair drops off and their skin erupts into toxic boils that’s for certain! The phrase “laugh like a drain” might be a more accurate description of our response, but deep down we would still feel sorry for them…..no really. Of course they won’t be able to sue Proctor and Gamble if this does happen because the company has “proven” the safety of the product by forcing it on those weaker than themselves.

A request to all vivisectors and the media; can we please stop the pretence that HLS is some sort of benevolent institution only concerned with saving lives and start to debate the ethics of forcing an artificial sweetener down a monkey’s throat?

Demonstrations outside HLS on days of SHAC sentencing

Some of us will be engaging in legal and peaceful protests in Cambridgeshire and Suffolk on the days on which Greg, Natasha, Heather, Gavin, Dan A, Dan W and Gerrah are sentenced for conspiracy to blackmail. Our reasons are as follows:

Animal Rights
Huntingdon Life Sciences kill 500 animals every day each one is an individual capable of suffering often left to die alone and in pain when the workers lock up at 17.00 after being poisoned or undergoing surgery.
Products which can maim and kill

HLS is a contract testing laboratory, they test anything for anyone as long as it pays. According to their own website they test artificial colourings, flavourings and sweeteners, herbicides, GM food and other products, plastics, industrial chemicals, “health foods”, dietary supplements, drugs etc under the headings pharmaceutical, crop protection, biopharmaceuticals, chemical, food and vetinary. All of these products are tested on animals and if passed as “safe” will be inhaled, ingested, drunk, absorbed through the skin or otherwise inflicted on an unsuspecting public. HLS even justify testing food on animals by saying “we need to be sure it is safe to eat”, of course it would be if it wasn’t doused with pesticides, wrapped in clingfilm and packed full of additives!

Factory Farming
HLS prop up the meat and dairy industry by experimenting on farm animals to force “productivity” even further. They offer to infect cows with mastitis (a very painful condition). Meanwhile farm animals are pumped full of antibiotics and we wonder why MRSA and VRSA are on the rise! Look up http://www.viva.org.uk for information on the meat industry regarding health, climate change, pollution, world hunger and extreme cruelty.

Corporate axis of evil
HLS has very nasty bedfellows the following are or have been customers :

Bayer when they were IG Faben they actually paid for Jewish women and used them in experiments in Nazi concentration camps. More recently they produced Baycol a cholesterol lowering drug which killed over 30 people before it was withdrawn.

Roche also had involvement with the Nazis i.e Xyclon B!

Union Carbide killed 5000 people at Bhopal in India in1984 at a gas plant due to criminal negligence, the people of that area suffer immeasurably from birth defects and many diseases as a direct result. Neither Union Carbide or Dow (who are also customers of HLS and are now responsible for sorting things out) can be bothered to clear up their mess or adequately compensate their victims http://www.bhopal.net .
DuPont produced a pesticide called Benlate/ Benomyl. Not only is it toxic to the harmless and essential for everyone’s very survival earthworm it is a possible carcinogen. It caused birth defects which involved 42 babies being born without eyes http://www.pan-uk.org .

Shell poisoned land and water in the Niger Delta. When the people who faced death by pollution and starvation protested Shell supported the army dealing with the situation. This involved chopping the arms and legs off of children and lots or torture and murder. Ken SaroWiwa led the campaign against Shell he was murdered by being hanged http://www.remembersarowiwa.com .

Glaxo Smith Kline produced an anti depressant known as Prozac/Seroxat. It has caused aggression, suicide and birth defects. It is also very difficult for many people to stop using once they become “hooked”. GSK have made a lot of profit out of the misery of people who would have managed perfectly well without the drug. http://www.seroxatusergroup.org.uk .

Cargill…where to start! Involved in GMOs, closely linked to Mc Donalds they produce EVERY item of chicken sold by the “restaurant” in the UK. They have a disgusting slaughterhouse in Hereford which kills thousands of chickens every day bar one called Rocky saved by 2 brave activists from the depths of hell last year. They also abuse some of their workers who are under constant surveillance and at the mercy of gang masters.

Monsanto who would like a monopoly on world food production have decimated the independence of farmers in India who have been made dependant on their seeds at a considerable cost. This has led to suicides and hunger so outraged were the farmers that their campaign was called “cremate Monsanto”. Monsanto’s GM crops infest conventional crops and they have even charged farmers for using their technology when this infestation occurs! No-one knows what the long term impact on our health will be, we have no say in the matter.

Please log on to http://www.corporatewatch.org.uk for more information on HLS, The above companies and many others with highly incestuous links to one another in their greedy quest for profit above all else. Those individuals within each company who make decisions which have caused extreme suffering and death will never face prison, unfortunately.

Human Rights
We will be present to show solidarity with the 7 people to be sentenced and all those imprisoned for their beliefs. The 7 have been found guilty of conspiracy to blackmail because they were part of a campaign which is legal but persons unknown have carried out illegal acts separate from that campaign. In a nutshell this means now that any effective campaign could be at risk if someone does something illegal separate from that campaign, effectively known campaigners are potentially responsible for the actions of people they do not know which they may not even agree with or have any knowledge of. For example Dr Simon Festing of the Research Defence Society (apologists for all animal testing ) was involved in the campaign against the Newbury by-pass which involved illegal (albeit moral) acts including arson and blockading workers in which he did not exactly condemn as a spokesman for Friends of the Earth and nor should he have done. However the police could theoretically as a result of this verdict arrest Dr Festing on the grounds that he as a known activist conspired with persons unknown to burn bulldozers to a frazzle thus “blackmailing” the road builders. Something for Simon to think about before he pontificates any further on SHAC. Hypocrisy…it’s a terrible thing.

Police Oppression
NETCU are based in Huntingdon, (Cambridgeshire Police HQ is just off Hinchingbrooke Park Road) and as all grass roots activists are aware this bunch exist primarily to stop all actions legal or otherwise. The way in which the police bullied and harassed peaceful campaigners and locals at Climate Camp in 2008 is partly down to NETCU and putting above all else their desire to keep protest to letter writing or police approved demos with police approved banners and leaflets on issues that do not upset anyone. We intend to make it very clear that we are not intimidated by them by holding demonstrations on their home turf on the day of sentencing.

The Plan

19th January 2009

07.00-11.00 Activists will be at Harlan near Abbots Ripton, Huntingdon. This is where beagles are bred for laboratories including HLS they can be heard from the road. It is on the B1090 look for the razor wire. Head out of Huntingdon on the A141 towards March at the Texaco garage on the roundabout follow the 141 left to another roundabout, turn left onto the 1090 Harlan is halfway up this road on the right.

12.00-18.00 Activists will be present at HLS Alconbury just off the A1, first exit north from the A14/A1 roundabout.

20th January 2009

07.00-10.00 Activists will be at Harlan Abbots Ripton again

12.00-18.00 HLS Barrack Road, Eye near Occold, Suffolk, IP237PX

It is intended that at these venues protest is legal and disciplined and respectfully ask all activists to act in accordance with this. Anything and everything possible will be used against all grass roots activists on these 2 days let us not give the police or the media any ammunition or indeed the judge any excuse to up the sentences. Please bring food, hot drinks and warm clothes as both days will be long and cold.

Contact number 07914 795737

Another solidarity demo is being held on 20th January at 17.00 at Sequani Ledbury.

NETCU acting blatantly in the interests of the vivisection industry

NETCU have recently added a news item to their site http://www.netcu.org.uk concerning the Advertising Standards Authority finding against SPEAK (the campaign to prevent the building of another laboratory in Oxford).

SPEAK quoted directly from the Telegraph but interestingly the ASA have not criticised the newspaper! Whilst the ASA continues to be somewhat biased in the way it “bans” leaflets and adverts it has also found against the Department of Health’s “every body needs milk” fallacy and the Research Defence Society as well as many other groups.

Often no-one really takes much notice of them, the ASA are not a legal entity of any real importance. What concerns us is NETCU yet again acting blatantly in the interests of the vivisection industry.

An ASA ruling may have some news interest on the RDS site but it is grossly inappropriate on a supposedly impartial police website (rather like the vivisection lobby group links on NETCU’s links page).

Therefore not only are thugs in police uniform keen to launch vicious and unprovoked attacks on elderly women, (Oxford 21st June 2006), but they are also keen to promote violence against other innocent animals.

Anyone who finds this offensive should complain about NETCU (remember Temporary Superintendant Steve Pearl is responsible for the unit) to the IPCC enquiries@ipcc.gsi.gov.uk

Police Assault Protesters in Oxford Animal Demo

Taken from Indymedia UK Thursday June 22nd 2006

Police repression against animal rights protestors at protest at University of Oxford honorary degree ceremony. Five arrested. Numerous people assaulted and injured by Thames Valley who then forcibly moved the demo so it was effectively hidden.

Yesterday, Wednesday 21 June, saw around 30 animal rights protestors arrive in Oxford to demonstrate against the University’s honorary degree ceremony. Part of their ire was driven by the presence of leading vivisector Nancy Rothwell, to receive an award. She serves as Chairman of the pro-animal research group Research Defence Society and is an outspoken proponent of the controversial new Oxford University animal research laboratory on South Parks Road.

The University held a short march before going to the Sheldonian Theatre where the honorary degrees were being distributed. Protestors gathered at 10am in nearby Catte Street, in front of a very sizeable police presence and media. This was the third year in a row in which the protestors have carried out this particular demonstration, the previous two years passing off very peacefully. It began with speeches denouncing the laboratory and the university’s involvement in animal abuse; other topics covered were the moral and scientific reasons for opposing animal research.

It appears that the noise was reaching the celebrants, and the message being carried in lawful protest was displeasing to their ears, with a message of complaint being sent to the police outside. At about 11am the police, who well outnumbered the protesters, became very agitated and imposed a section 14 notice to move the protest on, though it seems they had problems informing people about this over the noise, resorting to putting megaphones into peoples faces.

A number of protesters sat down, and the police moved suddenly with violence. Four protesters were arrested. The have since been released, but with injuries and extensive bruising from the violence of the police attack. One man had about five police lying on top of him, and he could be heard screaming in pain and that the handcuffs meant he could not feel his hands. At one time or another all of those arrested could be heard to be in pain, and they were witnessed being shoved with force against stone walls; one of the arrested was an elderly woman again who was badly bruised and thrown around. All have now been released.

Other protesters were not arrested but just as brutally treated. One lady with a damaged back for which she is registered disabled was repeatedly punched in the back by a female police office despite telling them about her injury. She witnessed her friend being grabbed from behind and thrown across the road by two officers, with the result she was left limping due to an injury to her knee. One protestor complained of having a policeman put his hands around her throat.

Journalists looked on in shock and even tears.

The officers, who had clearly lost control, carted the four prisoners off and surrounded the remaining protestors who continued their demonstration of chanting and placards. One officer was waking up and down shouting at other police to line up in front of the protestors to hide them from the public and to continue harassing them. The police made a decision to march them out of sight altogether, and with much unnecessary pushing and shoving they forced them down Broad Street towards St Giles. At this stage another protestor was arrested for protesting the police treatment of people.

During the march to St Giles the police continued to push and shove the protestors, completely surrounding them. At St Giles itself, the protest was told that it was confined to the railings where they would be out of sight of the public, even if the line of yellow jackets surrounding them would have allowed them to be visible. By this stage it was about 12.30pm, and they were informed they could protest there until 2pm and after that they were not allowed to protest anywhere within the City of Oxford for the rest of the day. Given that there was a blatant attempt to deny the basic human right to protest, those assembled by force there decided it was not worth participating in the travesty of the right to protest that was now taking place, and disbanded. People left disgusted at the treatment from Thames Valley Police, their violence and how they destroyed a peaceful protest. Numerous complaints will be lodged.

The five people arrested, all covered in bruises, have been released now, and bailed away from entering Oxford or attending any animal rights protest anywhere in the country. One individual discovered the bail conditions were unlawful and successfully challenged them. The rest were left stranded in Oxford, having missed their transport home, and were informed that if they were still there in the morning when the next set of buses and trains began running again they would be arrested due to their bail conditions. So the police impose bail conditions that it would be nigh-impossible not to break! Their response when challenged was it was not their problem and they should pay for taxis – impossible for people on disability allowances or pensions.

Thus another farcical day under auspices of Oxford police, continuing their well recorded tradition of assaulting the vulnerable and denying fundamental human rights to civil treatment and protest. However, despite the brutal arrests and police harassment, protestors remain unbowed and have vowed to back for their weekly protests at the laboratory itself today.

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