“Sometimes We Had a Brick”
by Mike Klepfer / The Portland Radicle
Jake Conroy and Josh Harper are two former prisoners. Part of the animal rights campaign Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC), the two were engaged in an international effort against the private animal experimentation laboratory Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS), which drew activist ire after undercover video showed HLS workers abusing animals; punching beagle puppies in the face, slamming and shouting at them.
Using a decentralized approach and targeting not only the lab, but investors and key corporations that did business with HLS, the campaign nearly toppled the multimillion dollar company in 2000, before HLS received a bailout from American investment bank Stephens. Because of the success of the campaign, its tenacity and its militancy, U.S. lawmakers sympathetic to HLS and other animal-exploitation industries sought prosecution of SHAC organizers Harper, Conroy, Lauren Gazzola, Kevin Jonas, Darius Fullmer, Andrew Stepanian and John McGee, collectively the SHAC 7. With the exception of McGee, who was dropped from the case, all were charged under the Animal Enterprise Protection Act, receiving sentences between three to six years in March 2006. Stepanian spent a portion of his incarceration in a Communications Management Unit, a federal prison within a prison meant to drastically isolate prisoners and restrict their ability to communicate. For a further examination of the SHAC campaign, read Crimethinc’s “The SHAC Model: A Critical Assessment,” available online.
Conroy and Harper both spoke at the Resistance Ecology Conference at Portland State University, held from May 31 to June 2, this year. Gazzola, unable to travel to the event, made a statement via video.
by Trashy / Earth First! Newswire
Last weekend marked the first annual Resistance Ecology Conference in Portland, Oregon. The event occasioned a discourse on intersectionality—the confluence of movements focusing on Animal Liberation, Earth Liberation, and Social Justice. A host of banner speakers came from all over, and panels discussed resistance and solidarity over three days of well-attended discussions.
Land deal could signify move forward for Scripps’ biotech city on Briger forest
Today in West Palm Beach, Florida, Everglades Earth First! (EEF!) announced their official opposition to the Kolter Group’s purchase of the Briger Forest. The EEF! collective, which maintained a 6-week treesit on the site in 2011, visited the corporate office of the venture capitalist vultures at Kolter with this message: “If you buy Briger you’re buying the community resistance to the Scripps Florida Phase II project.” The project has been contested for years, with multiple legal challenges citing impacts to protected species, including hand fern and gopher tortoise.
In case you want to pay a visit (or send a letter) to Kolter Group Co yourself, their address is 701 S. Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33401. And you can call them at (561) 682-9500, or fax (561) 682-1050. The CEO’s name is Robert Julien, but his underlings seem to call him Bobby. His extension is 221.
Although the Kolter Group claims to be committed to “creating better communities” they seem to have little issue with building homes and businesses within close proximity of the proposed biotech facility. Continue reading
cross-posted from shac.net
Numerous Huntingdon Life Sciences internal documents have been leaked from inside HLS, putting their confidential client documents, experiments, invoices, unpaid bills, staff communications and even their secret alter-ego in the public domain. The documents reveal previously unknown suppliers and customers, as well as re-confirming existing ones – so please don’t hesitate to contact them by finding their details using the tabs on the left. These documents go to show that HLS are still full of holes – even people working within their own company hate them enough to dish the dirt on them!
>> HLS Secret Alter-Ego: “LSR Associates”
And if that isn’t enough, we can reveal that HLS have a secret alter ego. In a desperate attempt to shed their well-earned reputation of sloppy work and animal cruelty, HLS have dreamed up a new company – LSR Associates – which they operate under in the UK alongside HLS. So desperate for people not to put two and two together, they’ve not even published their full address which includes the word “Huntingdon”!
The reason? HLS want new clients to test their chemicals at their labs under a ‘new’ scheme brought about by an EU Directive, known as REACH. This directive demands that all existing substances (currently already in use by the population) be re-tested (see more info here). Knowing that potential new contracts lie on the line, HLS have concocted this cute little fake identity to groom the potential new customers by appearing as a respectable company. The testing phase for REACH substances finishes at the end of 2012, so it’s important to contact the REACH customers now and ask them not to use shabby HLS either directly or indirectly via LSR Associates. REACH customers are marked as such on the customers page.
To download the leaked documents, visit: http://www.shac.net/2012_leak/index.html
In a message this week from the global animal liberation campaign to Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC):
“Last Friday, we sent out an email alert regarding information that had been leaked to us about 20 suppliers in the UK and the US. On Monday, 10th October one of the companies, Softcat Limited contacted the campaign. After further emails and phone calls, Softcat have now given SHAC a statement to say that they have stopped all contact with HLS and will not deal with HLS in the future.
We thank Softcat for making the right choice and thank everyone who contacted Softcat to ask then not to deal with HLS.
Softcat’s statement can be seen, here.
Please continue to politely contact the other companies listed at and ask them to follow Softcat’s example… Until all are free”
Last week Fortress Investment Group pulled out of their involvement with vivisection giants HLS and finally confirmed stopping their loan to HLS/Lion Holdings last week.
Now SHAC, or the Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty campaign, asks activists across the world to concentrate on the top customers of HLS—AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Sanofi, Pfizer, by calling a day of action on Friday, 29th of July. SHAC says “HLS can only continue to torture and abuse animals if they have customers to pay for the experiments and we need to build on the pressure of the recessation and Fortress stopping their loan to HLS.”