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Join The Electronic Civil Disobedience Against Puppy Killers

by mn Thursday, Dec. 18, 2003 at 10:46 AM

On the 15th-19th of December there will be a Electronic Civil Disobedience (ECD) against Huntingdon Life Scienes Customer Yamanouchi. When Michele Rokke worked undercover at HLS in 1997 she reported that Yamanouchi were a customer. They were due to carry out a leg-breaking experiment on 37 beagles where their legs were due to be snapped with steel wire. An HLS worker joked about the dogs, saying “they should just break all their legs so they’ll be easier to work with.” He joked about how great it would be to move them from cage to cage if all their legs were broken

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Yamanouchi have a long history of killing animals at HLS. When Sarah Kite worked undercover at HLS in 1989, there was a 52 week chronic toxicity experiment for a bone metabolism ameliorator drug being carried out on dogs. Sarah Kite was told not to give the dogs any affection as ‘it wastes time’. The dogs were described as having pressure sores on their legs and discharge from both eyes.

When Michele Rokke worked undercover at HLS in 1997 she reported that Yamanouchi were a customer. They were due to carry out a leg-breaking experiment on 37 beagles where their legs were due to be snapped with steel wire. Michele described these dogs as ill and extremely nervous and fearful.

The HLS vet is quoted as saying:“These dogs are crap dogs. Rejects. They are not healthy dogs and should not be used and if they were used it would be a poor quality study.” However Cathy Kelly the study director refused to get other dogs and insisted on using these ones. This shows how HLS are prepared to compromise the research of even valued customers like Yamanouchi.

An HLS worker joked about the dogs, saying “they should just break all their legs so they’ll be easier to work with.” He joked about how great it would be to move them from cage to cage if all their legs were broken.

Michele reported that HLS staff did not bother getting the Yamanouchi dogs out of their cages while they cleaned them, but instead hosed the cages down with the dogs inside them, drenching them all.

“In study 3282, the dogs are still very fearful. There are a few who don’t cower in the corner of the cage when the door is opened. These dogs act just crazy. It’s like they don’t know how to act. They’ve bought into the idea they don’t have to be so afraid but now they don’t know how to act. They circle and jump and bob wildly all around the cage. When I reach for them they go nuts, flailing wildly as they try to evade my grasp. When I finally get a hold of them, they freeze and dig their feet into the floor grate, as if they suddenly remember they have reason to be afraid. The dogs are so stiff, the heavy cage grate is pulled out of the cage with them.”

“Brian said he didn’t feel like dosing the Yamanouchi dogs, saying he was just going to throw the test material down the drain.”

SHAC also has documentary proof of Yamanouchi dealing with HLS in 2001.

We can prove that Yamanouchi have dealt with HLS over the last 15 years. How many animals have suffered and died at HLS, their murders funded by this disgusting company?


The campaign to shut down Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) is fast becoming one of the most significant in the history of the animal rights movement. The speed, methodology, and determination with which one of the world's biggest animal testing laboratories is being brought to its knees, entirely by the efforts of volunteer grassroots activists, denotes the endless possibilities of what what a small community of passionate campaigners can do. The closure of HLS by an animal rights campaign will not only mean saving the 180,000 animals that die annually at HLS, but will also signify another nail in the coffin of the vivisection industry.


Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) is one of the world's largest product testing labs. HLS test agrochemicals (such as pesticides, weed-killers, herbicides, fungicides, etc.), household products (detergent, oven cleaner, sugar substitutes, etc.), some pharmaceutical products (notables include diet pills, Viagra, and Baycol - an anti-cholesterol drug that went on to kill 180 people), and highly controversial Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO's). Approximately 500 animals die every day in these tests. HLS uses every animal from rats and mice, to dogs, cats and rabbits, to primates and farm animals.

HLS is a CRO, or Contract Research Organization. As such, it does not conduct research and development, meaning it does not create its own products and does not search for cures for diseases. Rather, HLS is contracted by other companies to conduct toxicity testing for *their* products. These tests essentially consist of forcing a product into an animal's stomach, lungs, or onto his/her skin for weeks or months on end, then killing the animal and dissecting him/her.

In addition to HLS's daily job described above, the lab has been exposed in 5 undercover investigations since 1989, revealing horrendous animal cruelty and sloppy, fraudulent sciences. HLS workers were filmed punching four-month-old beagle puppies in the face, dissecting a live monkey, and falsifying their own research reports.

HLS operates two facilities in England and one in East Millstone, NJ. At any one time there are 70,000 animals imprisoned within these 3 facilities.


Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) is an international campaign to close Huntingdon Life Sciences. It began in England in 1999 and is now active in 16 different countries.

SHAC will not stop when cages are bigger, when animals receive more painkillers, or are imprisoned in their cages for less hours a day. SHAC is an uncompromising and unapologitic campaign to *abolish* the hell that is HLS.


Recently incorporated, Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty USA reports on efforts around the U.S. to close HLS. Grassroots activists in nearly every major U.S. city organize outreach events, speaking events, publicity stunts, and protests to close HLS. is your one stop site for all the latest news around the country, current campaign targets, and background info on the campaign to close HLS and animal rights. SHAC USA also publishes a regular newsletter, sends out an eNewsletter and keeps everyone informed of the campaign nationwide via our email list.

To receive our newsletter, email us your mailing address.

To subscribe to our eNewsletter, delivered to your email inbox every 3 weeks, click here.

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The hallmark of the SHAC campaign is its strategy. Examining what allows a company to operate, and then attacking those pillars of corporate support, SHAC activists have been able to literally pull HLS's legs out from underneath it.

Rather than protesting the lab itself, the SHAC campaign targets secondary targets - those companies that HLS needs so desperately to operate, but that don't need HLS or the pressure that comes with doing business with them.

This strategy has been met with unprecedented success as activists have driven away some of the world's largest financial companies. Among them are investors (Citibank, Merrill Lynch, HSBC, etc.), stockbrokers (Charles Scwhab, Etrade, etc.), market makers (all 8 U.S. market makers within 8 weeks), customers (British Biotech, Tate & Lyle, etc.), and suppliers (janitorial service, crematorium, food service provider, etc.).


Like every successfull movement in history, the SHAC campaign uses every tool in the toolbox, from protests, to letter writing, to phone blockades, publicity stunts, and direct action. Anti-HLS activists have proven some of the most creative in the movement, keeping the campaign dynamic and our adversaries always wondering what's next.

In addition to the efforts of above ground activists, the Animal Liberation Front and other anonymous individuals have contributed to the campaign in the form of economic sabotage and live liberations from HLS and the lab's breeders. Like the celebrators of the Boston Tea Party and the Underground Railroad before them, these brave individuals put their own freedom on the line to deliver substantial blows to HLS and the companies that keep them up and running. (**Note: SHAC will vocally support any action that contributes to animal liberation as long as no human or animal is harmed.)


In 4 short years SHAC has brought one of the world's largest animal testing labs to its knees - driving it million into debt, getting it kicked off the New York and London Stock Exchanges, and making HLS a horrifying household name around the world. It is no wonder the Financial Times had this to say about this fast and furious effort:

“A tiny group of activists is succeeding where Karl Marx, the Baader- Meinhof gang and the Red Brigades failed.”


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