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misanthropy
10-20-2003, 08:51 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Spokesperson from radical animal liberation campaign, Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC), to speak in Toronto as part of the upcoming Anarchist Bookfair.

Toronto, ON _ October 16, 2003 _ The campaign to shut down one of the world's largest animal testing laboratories, Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS), is fast becoming one of the most significant in the history of the animal rights movement. Attacks and protests from around the world have been unrelenting, happening on a near daily occurrence, targetting not only Huntingdon itself but also any corporation associated with it.

In 4 short years SHAC has driven HLS into an $85 million debt, getting it kicked off the New York and London Stock Exchanges, bringing the labís share price from a one time high of $30 to an all time low of 1/1000 of a cent. The hallmark of the SHAC campaign is its strategy.

Examining what allows a company to operate and then attacking those pillars of corporate support has led them to focus on targets ranging from a janitorial company, a food service provider, and a crematorium to the worlds largest and most renowned stockbrokers, market makers, and financiers.

Although the SHAC campaign is a legal one, employing a variety of tactics from letter writing, email blockades and office disruptions to home demonstrations and mass rallies, it is the unsolicited contributions of anonymous activists and groups like the Animal Liberation Front that has really given the campaign its bite. Such illegal actions have ranged from small acts of vandalism and the liberation of animals from HLSís laboratories to arson attacks. Just in the past month, two bombs blew up outside targetted offices in the USA**. It is no wonder the Financial Times had this to say about the fast and furious effort put forth by SHAC: "A tiny group of activists is succeeding where Karl Marx, the Baader-Meinhof gang and the Red Brigades failed."

The talk will be presented as part of the Toronto Anarchist Bookfair on:

Sunday, October 26, 2003
2pm to 3:30pm
The 519 Church Street Community Center

For more information about the Toronto Anarchist Bookfair contact: tab2003@ziplip.com or visit their website at: http://pirg2.uwaterloo.ca/twiki/bin/view/Toronto/BookfairHome

For more information about SHAC visit: http://www.shacamerica.net or http://www.shac.net

Contact:

SHAC Toronto (local contact)
Email: shactoronto@yahoo.com

or

SHAC USA
Email: shacusa@envirolink.com
Web: http://www.shacamerica.net