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ALF Tactics Working!!!!! Biomedical Industry Scared :-O

Check out the below article, the 4th newsday article/editorial spotlighting the ALF and their effects on the pharma. industry. below are some of my favorite quotes, and then the article. Shout out to all of those who think home demonstrations, direct action, etc. aren't already changing the vivisection industry...
"Money and resources are being devoted to protection, where they weren't devoted before," Horner (NYPD) said. "This changes the business model ... and can affect the bottom line."

"you're losing the next generation of brilliant minds to something less controversial" because they fear for their and their family's safety.
-Foundation for BioMed Research

"I'm not hopeful it won't get worse," said John Miller, executive
director of the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of
Laboratory Animal Care International... "They have discovered that
the tactics work."


 http://www.newsday.com/news/local/longisland/ny-lilab0504,0,4763556.story?coll=ny-linews-headlines

Activists unleash attacks

Animal rights groups are making targets squirm with admittedly illegal
acts executed by anonymous members

BY RIDGELY OCHS
STAFF WRITER
May 4, 2005

It's a subject that local biomedical companies and labs won't talk about
in public: animal rights terrorism.

"We didn't have this conversation," said a spokesman for a Long Island
biomedical facility.

"We don't want to be on their radar," said another.

Said a third: "We don't want to even go there."

The FBI and Nassau and Suffolk County police recently said they were
investigating allegations that the Animal Liberation Front, a shadowy
radical animal rights group, has waged a campaign of harassment against
a pharmaceutical company executive and his wife who live on Long Island.

ALF said it has targeted these people because they are associated with
Manhattan-based pharmaceutical company Forest Laboratories Inc., which
has facilities in Commack, Farmingdale and Hauppauge. Forest Labs does
business with Huntingdon Life Sciences, Britain's largest animal
research laboratory, which tests drugs, food products and industrial
chemicals on animals for other companies before they are brought to
market. Huntingdon, which has a facility in East Millstone, N.J., has
been the focus of an ongoing campaign by radical animal rights groups,
which charge that Huntingdon is abusing the animals -- which the company
has continually denied.

Those who closely monitor groups like ALF say such targeting is on the
increase -- and has gotten very personal.

"They identify somebody's children; they follow the children home," said
Frankie Trull, president of the Foundation for Biomedical Research, a
group sponsored by institutions that depend on animals for research.
"They're going after the customers, like Forest Labs. They go after the
support services -- the plumbing company, the electrical company. They
go down to the deepest depths -- to the landscaper and to the caterer."

The ALF Web site clearly outlines its goals and strategy: ALF members
act "directly to stop animal suffering. ... Direct action refers to
illegal actions performed to bring about animal liberation. These are
usually one of two things: rescuing animals from laboratories or other
places of abuse, or inflicting economic damage on animal abusers. Due to
the illegal nature of ALF activities, activists work anonymously... "

The group had posted on its Web site that its members went into the
wife's unlocked car, stole a credit card from it and used it to buy
$20,000 in traveler's checks that were sent to charities. The group also
boasts that it spray-painted other executives' houses and cars and
threatened to contaminate the food at the company's holiday party last
December. Even the catering hall where the party was held came under
fire: ALF called on activists to blitz the owner with phone calls to
demand that it "not host Forest puppy killers."

Trull and others said it's hard to know just how many actions ALF and
other related groups such as Earth Liberation Front -- which similarly
targets those the group feels are hurting the ecosystem -- have waged
against businesses and universities because many are reluctant to report
them. Tim Horner, managing director of international security firm Kroll
Inc., said, "We have quite a bit of business associated with these groups."

A Financial Times article noted that executives at BIO, the largest
American biotech conference, were shaken last June when an FBI agent
told them that most of the companies there were on a list of 1,100
potential corporate targets circulating among animal-rights activists.

FBI testimony last year before the Senate Judiciary Committee estimated
that "ALF/ELF and related groups have committed more than 1,100 criminal
acts in the United States since 1976, resulting in damages
conservatively estimated at approximately $110 million."

Other costs to companies are harder to quantify but no less real, said
Horner, a former captain in the New York Police Department's
intelligence division. "Money and resources are being devoted to
protection, where they weren't devoted before," Horner said. "This
changes the business model ... and can affect the bottom line."

There's also, Trull said, the worry that "you're losing the next
generation of brilliant minds to something less controversial" because
they fear for their and their family's safety.

Compared with the United Kingdom, considered to be the hotbed of radical
animal activism, U.S. institutions have been relatively unscathed. Yet
that may be changing.

"Prior to the Internet, we used to say that what happened in the UK
would happen in the U.S. five years from now. Now it's almost
instantaneous," said Jacquie Calnan, president of Americans for Medical
Progress, which represents 130 businesses and universities that support
animal research. Because of the Internet, she says she worries about
"the lone wolf," who derives support and ideas from ALF's Web site but
acts on his own.

"I'm not hopeful it won't get worse," said John Miller, executive
director of the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of
Laboratory Animal Care International, which does voluntary accreditation
of 90 percent of animal labs in the country. "They have discovered that
the tactics work."

Other animal rights organizations have mixed feelings about groups such
as ALF. Ingrid Newkirk, the head of People for the Ethical Treatment of
Animals, said that PETA's and ALF's goals are the same, although their
tactics are different.

She said ALF's tactics have stopped some experiments on animals. "It's
sad that such actions bring change while petitioning, writing letters,
being polite and so on should do the job," she said.

To Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States,
the largest animal welfare group in the country, the tactics are
counterproductive: "It makes them [research companies and institutions]
into victims and obscures the really important moral question raised by
using healthy animals and making them sick or injuring them."
I needed a feel-good article! 09.May.2005 08:38

james.inchains

I can't help but smile when I see our comrades acheiving something, in fact I laughed! Just a little chuckle, something to brighten up my day, which was getting pretty gloomy upon reading of Nicolas David Neira Alvares' death.

it's great to see these companies hurt, though I do hope that none of the targeted people's children are too heavily targeted themselves.

feeling the "heat" 09.May.2005 10:46

El_che El_Che0726@yahoo.com

What's the matter, big corporate researchers can't handle the stress?? Sounds like they are realizing that raping the planet for profits doesn't pay out...

less talk 09.May.2005 11:38

more action

and why don't we have anything of this magnitude going on within portland?we have so many targets to choose from beginning but not ending with ohsu and all their little worker bees.come on portland get motivated and activated before it is too late.

To: People Who Want To Save The World 09.May.2005 12:58

Juice

These tactics work!!!! Now I think if other people in all areas picked this up there would be more progress. For example, Forest Defense, start doing home demo's at the CEO or whatever of Weyherhouser (i think i spelled that wrong). You get my point? This doesn't JUST apply to animals rights. Start thinking people! SHAC (Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty) and the ALF GET SHIT DONE FAST!!!

TACTICS

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.)

MAKING HISTORY

In 4 short years SHAC has brought one of the world's largest animal testing labs to its knees - driving it $85 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."

Well Said Juice 09.May.2005 13:53

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A message to Juice: BRAVO! You said it so well. Now how does one go about lighting the fire (that should get the attention of the FBI/ATF) under Portland's so called activist community? Many have tried and failed in the past. My experience has been things get started and then the momentum and the interest dies.

excellent statement by peta 10.May.2005 00:27

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I don't usually care much for peta but I thought this quote was pretty clever:

"It's sad that such actions bring change while petitioning, writing letters, being polite and so on should do the job,"