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Federal Scum arrest 7 SHAC activists

Obviously, these Federal fools think arrestign a handful of aboveground activists like Josh Harper will somehow stop the campaign to close HLS and stop the torture. Well, they are wrong, as earlier events have proven. An earlier attempt to stop SHAC with stayaway orders, etc led to a 500% increase in ALF actions aimed at HLS-related targets.

Perhaps the Feds would prefer a one hundred percent underground campaign, consisting only of all-out direct action? Anyway, its up to you, the activist in the streets and in the night to make sure there is a price to be paid for these arrests.

See below repost for source of this information:
Animal rights activists charged in actions against testing lab



By JEFFREY GOLD
Associated Press Writer

May 26, 2004, 4:09 PM EDT


NEWARK, N.J. -- Federal agents in four states on Wednesday arrested seven people charged with organizing a campaign of intimidation and harassment against a British company that tests pharmaceuticals on animals.

Those arrested are charged in an indictment against Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty USA that was unsealed with the arrests.











The nonprofit group and the individuals are charged in a multiyear conspiracy to terrorize Huntingdon Life Sciences, which has labs in New Jersey. The charge carries up to three years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Their actions included "telephone and e-mail blitzes, fax blitzes and computer blockades against HLS in order to divert HLS employees from their regular work," the indictment charged.

The group and three of the suspects are also charged with conspiracy to engage in interstate stalking and three counts of interstate stalking. Each of those charges carries up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The stalking charges accuse the activists of placing three people, and their families, in fear of death or injury.

The investigation into SHAC is continuing, U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Christie said.

"My view of these people is that they are violent fanatics and that any type of fanaticism that leads to violent acts is wrong, and that the people who engage in that must be brought to justice," Christie said.

The indictment cites inflammatory Web postings by SHAC, which Christie said crossed the line from free speech to criminality.

"We believe that the conduct they've engaged in is not a lawful exercise of their First Amendment rights," he said. "People were frightened by what was being done to them. It's no question that it created an atmosphere of fear."

SHAC could not immediately be reached for comment. Phone and e-mail messages were not immediately returned.

Huntingdon Life Sciences issued a statement from its U.S. base in East Millstone. "So many people have been victimized by this lawless campaign. These indictments are in keeping with this nation's long tradition of standing up to bullies and demonstrate the United States' continued determination to insure the safety of its people," it said, in part.

The indictment charged that SHAC targeted Huntingdon workers and shareholders, as well as companies that provide services to Huntingdon, by posting personal information about targets on its Web sites and encouraging followers to "operate outside the confines of the legal system."

Protesters have appeared at the homes of at least three Huntingdon employees after such postings, overturning a car at one house and slashing tires and spray-painting slogans at another, the indictment said.

In December, computer hackers disabled the Huntingdon Web site. The SHAC Web site attributed the attack to Russian computer hackers, the indictment said.

Three greens at the Meadow Brook Club in Jericho, N.Y., were damaged on the eve of a Senior PGA golf tournament in July 2002 after the SHAC Web site announced that a director with Huntingdon's insurance broker would be attending, the indictment said.

The Web site later posted a message in which the Animal Liberation Front claimed responsibility for the vandalism. Less than two months later, the director's home was spray-painted after a demonstration.

Other attacks described in the indictment included a barrage of more than 2 million e-mails sent in a few hours on July 11, 2001, to a Jersey City brokerage that handled Huntingdon stock, damaging its operations.

The brokerage, which was not named, got a letter Sept. 10, 2002, from one of the suspects, asserting that if the brokerage stopped handling Huntingdon "this should bring a prompt end to the phone calls and faxes and e-mails your company is receiving."

Although the indictment did not give the names of any targets, it mentioned a smoke bomb attack in Seattle on July 10, 2002, that caused the evacuation of a high-rise building.

Police there have said two smoke bombs were set off on the 20th and 23rd floors, by offices for two subsidiaries of Marsh. The worldwide risk and insurance firm has come under attack elsewhere SHAC.

The indictment cited that attack as among those that were part of the conspiracy by SHAC and the seven individuals. It did not identify who placed the smoke bombs.

The arrests came just over a year after the members of the FBI's domestic terrorism squad raided SHAC's headquarters in Franklin Township as well as a house near the University of Washington in Seattle, seizing computers and printed materials.

Among those arrested Wednesday in Seattle was a resident of that house, Joshua Harper, 29, a self-proclaimed anarchist and longtime animal-rights activists.

Arrested in California were former New Jersey residents Kevin Kjonas, 26, identified as president of SHAC; Lauran Gazzola, 25, SHAC campaign coordinator; and Jacob Conroy, 28. They now live in Pinole, Calif., authorities said.

Agents in New Jersey arrested Darius Fullmer, 27, of Hamilton, and John McGee, 25, of Edison, while Andrew Stepanian, 25, of Huntington, N.Y., was arrested on Long Island, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Newark said.

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On the Net:

U.S. Attorney's Office in Newark:

 http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/nj/publicaffairs/NJ_Press/break.html

SHAC:  http://shacamerica.net

Huntingdon:  http://www.huntingdon.com


Copyright 2004, The Associated Press
Any info post here 26.May.2004 15:55

Beagle pup

Does anyone have any info, like if Josh Harper has an attorney or when they will be getting out etc? Have they been released? Do they need money? I didn't see anything posted on SHAC, so if anyone knows anything please post here :)

HLS, Feds:Fanatical Creeps 26.May.2004 16:35

CatWoman

"...any type of fanaticism that leads to violent acts is wrong." So says the US attorney protecting HLS.

HLS is responsible for the violent and horrific deaths of thousands upon thousands of dogs, cats, mice, rats, and other animals in their "labs" every single year. Their fanatical campaign to prevent the people of this country from standing in their way is a matter of public record.

Not that anyone needs more proof that the system is skewed, but there it is anyway. The law is not about protecting rights and freedoms, it's about protecting the wealth and privilege of corporations -- even those that are willing to maim and kill for profit.

We will stand by those who have been taken by the Feds, just as we always do. And we will continue to work to stop the slaughter of the innocent, just as we always have. But let us also think, while we're at it, about new ways to deal with a system in which people can be locked up for using non-violent means to stop a violent corporation, while those who are slaughtering animals for fun and profit continue unabated. Let us consider carefully what it means when people are locked up for things they say on a website while the murders continue behind closed doors in labs across the country. This should not stop us from speaking out, but it should teach us that we need to do more. We're not in Kansas anymore, Toto.

New info 26.May.2004 17:08

Rosethorn

General info:

Andy Stepanian is still being held in Newark with a $500.00 bail set for unpaid littering fines.
John McGee's status is currently unknown.
All others on the east coast have been released.

Josh Harper was detained in Seattle but has since been released.
All others on the west coast have been released.

Information on any legal support, legal defense fund, etc. will be forthcoming.

For further information, please refer to www.shacamerica.net or keep posted.

Cheers.

To Catwoman 27.May.2004 10:57

J.Thorazine

Breath...in through nose, out through mouth.

While animal testing is admittedly regretable, there are other areas of human behavior that are more pressing. Say violent crime, rape, hate crimes...to name a few.

Bitterly Ironic 27.May.2004 20:38

Unbullied

The statement is so ludicrous it hurts:

Huntingdon Life Sciences issued a statement from its U.S. base in East Millstone. "So many people have been victimized by this lawless campaign. These indictments are in keeping with this nation's long tradition of standing up to bullies and demonstrate the United States' continued determination to insure the safety of its people," it said, in part.

People who try to stop other people from torturing animals are bullies?

more pressing 28.May.2004 14:17

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I guess if you were an activist in the 1850s, you would have argued that we must make sure that all white Americans had good jobs and could support their families before we thought about such inconsequential things as enslavement of African-Americans. or even more bothersum, the right for women to vote.

bigotry is no different whether it is called racism or sexism or specieism. its all oppression. and as the numbers stand today, an estimated 16 billion animals are dying each year for human greed. I am not saying that makes the situation for non-human animals FAR FAR FAR worse than it is for humans, by the numbers, non-human animals are being exploided at a far greater rate and in far greater numbers than humans.

for total liberation ... and if you want to have what is left of free speech, support the activists fighting these charges. if they are convicted, it will open the floodgates for what the state is able to accomplish with criminal charges ... and if you want to see how effective, hard hitting campaigning is done, see the SHAC USA website at www.shacamerican.net.

Thorazine, you're a speciesist and 30.May.2004 11:24

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either truly ignorant to what these animals have to endure, or pathologically uncaring. The torture, maiming, and killing of monkeys, dogs, cats, etc. for questionable research (as all animal research is) is as serious as anything you mention, when one realizes that these animals are our equal in ability to feel and suffer. If the lifelong torture of captive animals is not important to you, o.k., but you don't need to crap on others' compassion.

Here's what they're fighting:

H.L.S.
In 1981 Sarah Kite (B.U.A.V.) worked undercover in Huntingdon Research Centre (HRC) for eight months. For the first time ever the whole world gained an insight into the grisly world of Huntingdon Life Sciences.

Sarah described two experiments whilst in the Rodent Toxicology Unit.

One was for the food colouring Canthaxanthin, which was used in colouring the flesh of salmon and trout and also used in sun tanning pills. This experiment was carried out for the pharmaceutical company Hoffman La Roche.

"Effects included lethargy, hair standing on end, swollen necks and abdomens. Those given high doses had orange fur and tails, with brick red faeces and urine." The substance was considered so harmful that the staff cleaning out the animal's pens had to wear oxygen suits. Canthaxanthin was banned at the beginning of December 1988 by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF) yet HRC were still happily poisoning animals with it six months later.

She described another experiment for the tranquilliser Fiucto Trazepam which was a two year chronic toxicity study. Clinical reports recorded: "rats having fits after dosing for up to one minute" and "cages 85, 95 and 100 had large amounts of dark red blood on their trays."

The animal's condition was recorded as "gross and ill with greasy wet fur standing on end."

One technician described the animals in this room as: "rotting but still alive."

After six months undercover Sarah Kite was transferred to the Dog Toxicology Unit. The work she endured in this unit was so harrowing that she could only stand it for 8 weeks. In that time she saw beagles poisoned with pesticides, dental hygiene products, drugs and food wrapping film.

In one test, 48 Beagles had their backs shaved then an anti-psoriatic cream applied every day for 30 days. This resulted in open sores and blisters on the dogs' backs. The dogs had their bodies bound in tight sticky plaster and they had to wear large head collars to stop them pulling at the plasters as they were in pain. The beagle was just about to have more cream rubbed into the sores. There is already a whole raft of anti-psoriatic creams on the market.

This was no new cure but simply another drug company looking to cash in on a lucrative market. In fact an HLS report from 1972 admitted that "there is a great variation in the skin irritancy response of mice, guinea pigs, piglets, dogs and baboons." More pointless animal research for profit.

Sarah told how "Staff were encouraged not to spend time with the Beagles because it lost time. Time and speed were the essence I was told." Also "Staff were told not to touch the animals because it was "a waste of time." It was said the animals became "spoilt" and did not do what they were told."

Sarah went on to tell "Whilst cleaning out the cages, I regularly found blood, vomit and diarrhoea on the floor. Many dogs were very ill. They were extremely thin with their fur standing on end. They were visibly shaking and often so scared they were unable to leave their cages."
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Monkeys at Covance

oral gavage
guidelines state that forced oral tube feeding is the most stressful method of administration; it can cause inflammation or ulceration in the throat or stomach, accidentally penetrate the throat or stomach leading to internal infection or enter the lung by mistake. For this procedure the monkeys were gripped tightly across a technician's raised knee, their arms forcibly wrenched behind their back. The mouth was prised open by the technician's fingers and a long rubber tube forced down the throat so that the test substance could be pumped into the stomach. Many monkeys struggled to be free, spitting out the tube, pushing the researcher's arm away with their leg, clamping their mouths shut as
long as they could, trying desperately to resist what they knew was coming. In an effort to open their mouths, sometimes the technicians would hold the monkeys' nose to stop them breathing, push their face against the metal bars of the cage or force the tube through a gap in the teeth. The BUAV investigator also witnessed technicians using their fist on the bottom row of teeth or shaking the monkey's head. Some staff did not appear to verify that the oral gavage tube was correctly inserted, risking the life of the monkeys. Our investigator was told that one monkey had died from a 'blow-out', when the tube went into the animal's lung rather than the stomach.

blood sampling
BUAV evidence clearly shows that some staff had problems taking blood samples from both adult and infant monkeys and on occasions needles were inserted over and over again into one or both arms. Blood sampling could become a lengthy and distressing ordeal for the monkeys who can be seen screaming and struggling; some monkeys were left with bloody wounds.

infusion studies
monkeys were forcibly restrained in primate 'chairs' and experimental compounds injected directly into their bloodstream. One or both arms were tied and both legs were splayed and bound. Their heads were held in a plastic stock. Totally immobilised and utterly vulnerable, many animals can be seen on the BUAV's undercover footage desperately struggling to escape.

Each monkey endured this treatment for up to half an hour at a time, the length of a single infusion. Even pregnant females were subjected to this ordeal, used in these infusion tests for reproductive toxicity so that observations could be made of any poisoning effects on their babies.

spinal fluid sampling (CSF)
anaesthetised monkeys were stretched across a crude wire rack and their hands bound with string. A needle was used to puncture a hole from which to extract spinal fluid. On at least one occasion still unconscious monkeys who had been subjected to this painful procedure were simply dumped back into their cage to 'recover' on the bare metal floor.

sperm fluid sampling
the monkeys were anaesthetised and held face down on a table. They were given an electric shock (via an electrode placed in their anus) to force an erection, and manipulated to ejaculation by a staff member who collected the sperm. On one occasion (as seen on the BUAV's video) an animal technician mocks one of the unconscious monkeys during the process, pointing at him and laughing even in the company of more senior researchers who make no attempt to reprimand the technician, indicating that mocking the animals in this way is tolerated.

vaginal smears
a smear was taken every morning for all female monkeys. A cotton bud (or similar) was inserted into the vagina to check for signs of blood. According to our investigator, some of the technicians behaved roughly with the females, leading one technician to say to a colleague "You have to do smears, not rape them".

post-operative 'care'
EU Directive 86/609 clearly states that "There should be facilities for post-operative recovery where this is warranted." It clearly was warranted at Covance. However, at Covance (Germany), following anaesthetic and on occasions surgery such as the extraction of spinal fluid, animals were simply returned to their cages and left to recover on the metal bars. The disorientated monkeys coming round from the effects of ketamine often endured salivating and vomiting and yet there appeared to be little or no effective post-anaesthetic monitoring. Unconscious and semi-conscious monkeys can be seen on our video, clearly at risk of hurting themselves. We filmed two monkeys actually collapsing, falling hard against the cage floor and one hitting her head on the metal bars. Even these obviously vulnerable
animals were given no warm bedding or padding whatsoever to prevent injuries.

killing
monkeys were sedated and then exsanguinated (bled to death) by making cuts in the major arteries of the neck and legs and holding the monkeys up to allow the blood to flow out of their limp bodies. The dead monkeys were then dissected and major organs removed to analyse the effects of the test substances. Body parts, including severed heads, were stored in the freezer before the mutilated bodies were disposed of like rubbish.
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St Mary's Hospital Medical School, London
NAVS undercover investigation - 1992

Tamarins
Tamarin monkeys were injected with faeces from one another in hepatitis experiments. Despite inflicting this painful and debilitating disease on these unfortunate animals, the experimenters still could not say at the end whether the hepatitis strain they were using was a human or monkey virus. This could have been studied in human tissue culture.

Several provisions of the Government's Code of Practice on care of primates were ignored:

Tamarins naturally live in extended family groups, spending their days grooming, travelling,
foraging. The Code of Practice states that primates need stimulating environments; adequate
space, complexity of environment; social interaction, amongst other recommendations.

In St. Mary's they were kept isolated in tiny, bare metal cages with nothing to do, and solid metal walls separated their cages. Following the NAVS investigation, the Home Office promised that the facilities would be improved. The laboratory was not penalised in any way.

Rats
Rats had tubes and screws fixed directly into the brain; tetanus toxin was injected into their brains to induce seizures in an attempt to mimic epilepsy. The animal's torment can barely be imagined; we filmed one of them constantly clutching at the electrode in his head, closing his eyes, clearly in distress.

Yet rats make a poor model for epilepsy, and the drugs being studied are known to cause different reactions in rats and primates.

For rodents, life was like a factory farm. A breeding mouse would give birth to six litters in six months, and then killed. In just 34 weeks, our investigator estimates that he saw almost 2,500 animals being killed, or taken away to be killed, just because they were surplus to requirements. Most were suffocated to death with CO2, others had their necks broken. Babies had their heads cut off with scissors; their little heads and bodies simply dropped into a plastic bag, twitching and their mouths gasping.
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Sources : BUAV , NAV, SHAC

An animal dies in a laboratory every :
1 second (USA), 2 seconds (Japan), 3 seconds (Europe)
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To paraphrase Seneca - 'Extremism in the cause of compassion is no vice, and moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.'
pics of animals inside HLS
pics of animals inside HLS