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Please join us in protesting animal abuse at Huntingdon Life Sciences

World Week for Animals in Laboratories is April 17-25. There will be a protest of Sumitomo, customer of HLS, on Thursday April 22, 11:30 a.m.
For World Week for Animals in Laboratories we will be protesting the Sumitomo Corporation, which is a customer of Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS). HLS is an international contract animal testing laboratory, and is known to be one of the cruelest and sloppiest in existence. 500 animals of all kinds--primates, dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, mice, and others--are killed each day inside the walls of HLS. Five undercover investigations have revealed numerous violations of Good Laboratory Practice laws, and atrocities such as HLS employees dissecting a conscious monkey and punching beagle puppies (as if solitary, lifelong confinement in a cage in a laboratory, being subjected to numerous painful procedures isn't enough).

The Sumitomo Corporation has a long history of sponsoring violent and unnecessary research at Huntingdon Life Sciences. Sumitomo has been exposed paying HLS to poison and kill for its pesticide products. In addition, they have not only dealt with HLS over the last 15 years, they also ship primates from Mauritius to suffer and die in labs (including HLS) all over the world. We are asking that Sumitomo (including its subsidiaries Pressa Agri and Sunland Hay Exports) sever its ties and agree to no longer contract with HLS. This protest is working towards that end, and is part of a larger international campaign protesting customers, suppliers, investors, and others doing business with HLS.

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The plan:

On Thursday, April 22, 11:30 a.m., meet in front of the building which houses Sumitomo/Pressa Agri/Sunland Hay:

Sumitomo
5335 SW Meadows, #366
Lake Oswego, OR 97035
Tel: 503/684-7870
Fax: 503/684-7905
Pressa Agri
(same address)
Tel: 503/443-3966
Fax: 503/598-0957
Sunland Hay Exports, Inc.
(same address)
Tel: 503/443-3966
Fax: 503/624-1990

Bring signs if you'd like, but some will be available.

If you can't make the protest, give them a call, send them a fax, or stop by another time to encourage them to dump HLS.

If you need more information, contact:  animalrescue4@hotmail.com

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For more information about the campaign to shut down HLS, visit:

 http://www.shacamerica.net
 http://www.shac.net
 http://www.insidehls.com

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Additionally, two video presentations featuring the Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) campaign will be shown during World Week:

Saturday April 17th, 2:00 p.m.
PCC Cascade Campus
Terrell Hall, #122
705 N. Killingsworth, Portland

and

Wednesday April 21, 7:00 p.m.
Central Library
801 SW 10th

On these dates the documentary "Chattel" will be shown, which includes undercover footage from both HLS and OHSU's primate research center. Discussion afterwards.

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Learn more about animal research on-line:

Local campaign against OHSU:
 http://www.boycottohsu.com
 http://www.ohsukillsprimates.com

Other:
 http://www.buav.org/covance/
(incredible undercover video; free download):  http://www.petatv.com/tvpopup/Prefs.asp?video=covance
 http://www.columbiacruelty.com
 http://www.curedisease.com
 http://pcrm.org
 http://www.all-creatures.org/saen/index.html

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"The SHAC campaign is all about action. Action is everything. Words and tears mean nothing to the animals trapped in their cages inside HLS waiting to die. They deserve nothing less than our utmost commitment to take action every day to close down the lab that holds them captive and slowly kills them.

Action is coming to demonstrations, writing letters, making phone calls, sending emails or faxes, telling other people about the campaign, distributing leaflets, fundraising, putting up posters and stickers. Action is whatever you can do to close down the hell-hole that is Huntingdon Life Sciences."

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