Posts Tagged ‘HLS’
Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017
Sven and Natasha had a short court hearing at Winchester on Wednesday 8th November. After a long time of ongoing negotiations in the background, their legal teams were able to meet with the prosecution and settle on a deal for both defendants that they were relatively satisfied with. They agreed to a non-cooperative plea deal which involved admissions of guilt about their own activities within the ‘conspiracy‘.
They did not relate to any other people. As a result, Sven and Natasha both entered guilty pleas for ‘conspiracy to blackmail’, and were bailed to await sentencing.
This now means that there will be no trial or any further hearings, with exception of sentencing, a date for which is still due to be decided.
(We expect it to be mid December or the start of January)
Thanks everyone for the ongoing support, we’ll keep you all posted as soon as there will be any development.
Unfortunately the website is down because of some server issue beyond our control, but it is being fixed and will be live again by the end of the week, hopefully.
Zurich: SHAC History & Repression Infonight – Solidarity with the Blackmail 3 & SOCPA 7! (Switzerland)
Thursday, May 8th, 2014
15 years of SHAC – 10 years of repression:
Solidarity with the Blackmail 3 & SOCPA 7!
Wednesday 14th May @ Autonomer Beauty Salon
Hohlstrasse 481, Zurich. Food @ 7pm, Info @ 8pm
An infotalk & presentation from a UK ABC comrade providing a history of the global campaign to close HLS; the tactics used to bring a multinational corporation into $120 million of debt, and the five cases in the USA & UK so far imprisoning 19 activists to over 96 years (collectively) for their involvement in the grassroots movement.
Since 1999 Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) have campaigned for the closure of Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS), Europe’s largest animal testing
facility; exposed numerous times for animal cruelty and malpractice. (more…)
Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
From Corporate Watch:
Today Debbie Vincent, an animal rights activist from the Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) campaign was sentenced to six years in prison for conspiracy to blackmail after a five week long trial at Winchester Crown Court. She was also given an Anti Social Behaviour Order which means she can be arrested if she protests against or contacts Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) or its business partners for a further five years after her release from prison.
The sentence should serve as a wake up call to anti-capitalists of the need to offer solidarity to those who have been singled out for repression because of their involvement in effective resistance to corporate power.
A press release from the Blackmail 3 support campaign quotes Debbie: “I have been made an example of because I put myself up as a public face of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty and for believing that such places as Huntingdon Life Sciences should be resigned to the history books.”
“In some ways I’m really not surprised I was found guilty, as I don’t believe anyone can get justice when faced with a political conspiracy charge and the huge resources of the state and multinationals against me. I will always have hope and will always continue to try my best to make the inhabitants of this planet more compassionate to all and try to make the world a better place for all.” (more…)
Tuesday, February 11th, 2014
From Bristol ABC:
A local comrade is facing conspiracy to blackmail charges relating to the animal testing laboratories, Huntingdon Life Sciences. Her trial is set to begin February 12th, while the two others charged in the case are awaiting extradition to the UK from Holland. As you are all probably aware, the state has come down very hard on the animal rights campaign and your solidarity is needed.
Statements of solidarity are really appreciated and can be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
More info about the case: http://blackmail3.org/index.html
Below is a bit more information about their case:
People believed to be campaigning to close down the world’s third largest animal testing facility; Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS), have repeatedly been subjected to arrest and harassment.
On the morning of 6th July 2012, several teams of police raided the homes and business premises of three people arresting them on suspicion of “conspiracy to blackmail”, in relation to animal testing laboratory, Huntingdon Life Sciences. The person in the UK is accused of committing this between 2001-2011 and the 2 people in Holland between November 2008-December 2010. In recent years this charge has been deliberately used against campaigners due to its good conviction rate and because it carries a maximum sentence of 14 years in prison. This is the third UK conspiracy to blackmail trial involving people accused of campaigning against HLS. (more…)
Saturday, February 25th, 2012
From Bite Back:
23 February 2012
“Henderson Biomedical are a newly exposed supplier of lab equipment to Huntingdon Life Sciences. A few nights ago activists visited their premises in Lower Sydenham, London, to deliver a message to the company.
Mark if you keep supporting HLS you will continue to be a target of the animal rights movement. It won’t hurt to stop dealing with them but as the graffiti said, this is just the start if you don’t.
If you continue to be responsible for animal cruelty, the attacks will continue.
MFAH – Militant Forces Against Huntingdon
Friday, November 18th, 2011
9 November 2011
“AstraZeneca hasn’t quite learned the lesson like Novartis and Roche, that dealing with HLS is bad for business. So we decided to disrupt their day for them on 9th Nov.
While AstraZeneca use HLS to inflict great suffering and deaths on animals and humans with their unscientific wholesale abuse, there will always be those that will act for those with no voice. The countless victims of their genocide against creation must end and we will seek justice for those that have been blighted by the corp pharma machine.
We hope you ‘enjoyed’ your extra break from the offices at 2 Kingdom Street, London and we will never back down from our task. Expect much more AstraZeneca, you are firmly in our sights and you will stop your abuse and cruelty or face the consequences of your actions. Maybe next time it will be more than just a scare…
Until every cage is empty and HLS is closed”