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SHAC 'Financial Focus' week of action - Email alert, Part 1

As part of the Global 'Financial Focus' week of action against HLS' lifeline
lender, Fortress Investment Group

During the week of Monday 20th - 26th September we are calling for all
activists and compassionate people everywhere to organise demos, phone calls
and emails against HLS' lifeline lender, Fortress Investment Group, and all
associated, including shareholders - Nomura, Legg Mason, Bank Of America and
Sankaty Advisors and other subsidiary companies owned by Fortress across the
world like, Intrawest, Rail America, GateHouse Media, CW Capital and many more.

For more information, see:
Where there are targets across the world that all make up the web of financial

Fortress is vital to HLS' survival, who are still millions of dollars in
debt and are struggling to stay afloat. Since the recent buyout of HLS at the
end of last year, HLS are now in even more debt - totalling well over
$100million. Fortress themselves are also in heavy financial trouble due to the
recession - so now is a great time to ask them to recall HLS' loan of $70
million plus!

This is the company that, when HLS had no other financial options left in the
world, bailed them out with a multi-million dollar loan. This is the company
that, when later exposed as the life support of HLS, lied to SHAC and pretended
they had stopped the loan. And this is the company that, while HLS hit rock
bottom last year – have agreed to extend the loan and give them another
helping hand out of closure.

Remember, without this loan, HLS could not have stayed open these past years -
and if it was recalled, they could not stay open in the future. Since Fortress
bailed out HLS in 2006, over 600,000 animals have been tortured and died inside

More information and global targets can be found at:

For the animals, see you on the streets!


If you can not attend a demo against one of many Fortress targets across the
world, then please do contact Fortress and associated companies during this
week of action, together we can put pressure on these companies - more details

Phone Fortress during the week of action and ask them to stop funding animal
UK: 0207 290 5600
USA: 1-877-632-7242, 1-800-599-2347 or 1-800-435-6285 (Toll free in U

There will be 3 emails this week for people to contact companies involved and
to highlight HLS' disgusting track record.


Email alert 1 - Fortress Investment Group

Please do fell free to write your own letter or otherwise use our sample letter


Dear Sir/Madam

I am writing to you in relation to a $70 million loan that has been made to
Huntingdon__Life__Sciences (H-L- via your Drawbridge Special Opportunities
Fund. Without this loan H-L-S could not remain open and therefore Fortress are
in large part responsible for the cruel and violent actions going on inside
H-L-S. The fact that Fortress had set up a front company in Luxembourg called
Anchor_Sub_Funding shows that a lot of effort had been put into keeping this
loan secret, presumably to stop H-L-S' horrific record of cruelty, violence
and law breaking from tarnishing Fortress' reputation.

H-L-S have a long history of violence; they were most famously exposed in 1997
when channel 4 TV filmed workers punching beagle puppies in the face. In 2005
ex-workers spoke out about cruelty they had witnessed and in 2008 Animal
Defenders International went undercover inside H-L-S exposing cruel primate
experiments and disgusting conditions. H-L-S also have a track record of law
breaking and manipulation of data. During just one primate study, H-L-S broke
the law 526 times; and workers have been caught taking drugs and drinking on
site. To see more about these exposes please look at:

I am urging you to explore all get out clauses in this loan and reel it in. I
also urge you to raise these issues with everyone you can within the company
and do everything in your power to halt your support of

Please raise this issue at any meetings you attend, and let all your colleagues
know about H-L-S.

For further information, please visit:

Yours faithfully



Fortress' Board of Directors

Wesley R. Edens
Principal and Co-Chairman of the Board

Peter L. Briger, Jr.
Principal and Co-Chairman of the Board

Robert I. Kauffman
Principal and Director

Randal A. Nardone
Principal and Director

Michael E. Novogratz
Principal and Director

Dr. Richard N. Haass

Daniel N. Bass
Chief Financial Officer

Douglas L. Jacobs

Howard Rubin

Takumi Shibata

George W. Wellde Jr.

Fortress employees directly involved in the original 2006 loan:

Michael Polidoro

Michael Eggenberg

Scott Silvers


Legal Dept.:

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1. Some emails in the large blocks below will bounce. WHY? They are obtained
from sources that haven't been updated. Or they are disabled, filtered or
blocked in response to ongoing campaigns.

2. To BLIND-COPY a block of emails, so recipients don't see huge email list:
• COPY/PASTE a block of emails into the Bcc: line of your email.
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time. Yahoo, Outlook, Hotmail: Separate emails by a comma (,) and do not exceed
20 email addresses at a time.

Disclaimer and Information:

The details in this action alert are provided for information purposes only,
and should not be used for any illegal activities as defined by the
jurisdiction you live in. SHAC does not support or encourage any form of
harassment; nothing in this alert has the purpose of inciting such behaviour,
and we request that all communications are kept polite.

For general information on the campaign to close Huntingdon Life Science,
please visit our website

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Posted: Sep 19, 2010 1:31pm
Jun 15, 2010
Focus: Animal Welfare
Action Request: Write E-Mail
Location: United States

Dear friends please help with that!!

note and forward the story

take action - send the emails


Replace Animal Experiments in Europe - Action Needed ASAP !!!
Animals  (tags: animalresearch, animalexperiments, animaltesting, animaltests, EU, MEP, AGRI, EUdirective, AnimalCruelty, AnimalWelfare, animaladvocates, animalcruelty, animalrights, ethics )

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Under this document animals will continue to be experimented on, in large numbers, for reasons which have nothing to do with finding cures for diseases - PLEASE urge MEPs to take a much stronger line and ensure that the future legislation introduces ...
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Posted: Jun 15, 2010 7:16am
Jun 8, 2010
Focus: Animal Welfare
Action Request: Protest
Location: United Kingdom

He's  great guy - please show him support (I'll send him all your comments and link to the share)

He's been on hunger strike from yesterday, drinks only water but the worst is that the last night was very cold, it rained all night.

The strike is against a builder of a new Leicester Animal Lab: Willmott Dixon


An activist has today begun a hunger strike outside the office of Willmott Dixon in Coleshill in protest at the involvement in the construction of a new animal lab at the University of Leicester.

A local campaigner commented "Midlands Animal Rights activists want to mount the pressure on the company, and a 3 - 5 days hunger strike will start as of Monday 7th June 2010 at 12 noon outside of their site. We are hoping to publicise this in the local press as much as possible in order to expose Willmott Dixon to the public and thus further the pressure on them to pull out of their contract in helping to build the new vivisection laboratory for Leicester University."

Please lend your support by attending, or contacting Willmott Dixon in disgust at their involvement in the new lab:
Chantry House,
High Street,
West Midlands
B46 3BP
Tel: 01675 467 666"

Write a comment to support Jon

Visit the site for more info and take action to stop the LAB!!!

Contact Willmott Dixon on the details below to ask them to stop building the new lab - sample letter below


To Whom It May Concern,

    I write to you to express my concern about the role Willmott Dixon are playing in the construction of Leicester University's new animal laboratory. If Willmott Dixon continue in their role as main Contractor on the project then they will be responsible for the deaths of thousands of animals in the future.
    It is known that Wllmott Dixon management have sent an internal email in which they state the new lab will only be using rodents, this is a blatant lie as Leicester staff have confirmed to protesters that mice, rats, guinea pigs and rabbits will be used initially and then there are plans to use dogs in the future. Willmott Dixon cannot know what the building will be used for in the future and should not risk having anything on their conscience, the only way to do this is to stop your contract with Leicester University immediately.
    The scientific community has expressed large concerns about the reliability of drugs tested on animals as the genetic make up between species is so hugely different and in one study 80% of GP's expressed concerns about the reliability of animal testing, these are the people who will witness the side effects and are in one of the best positions to judge.
    Please Do all you can to get your company to pull out of construction at Leicester University.


[insert name]

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Posted: Jun 8, 2010 9:00am
Apr 16, 2010
Focus: Animal Welfare
Action Request: Various
Location: United States





Sat, April 24th, demo in London











April 17-24 actions in USA

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Posted: Apr 16, 2010 10:18am
Feb 20, 2010
Focus: Animal Welfare
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States

Please sign the petition, note & forward:

UW Madison has roughly a 100,000 research animals on campus and that about 20,000 are not mice or rats -- ranging from beagles to sheep!!!

UW Madison Is Experimenting on Monkeys Ethical? Please Sign Petition.
Animals  (tags: animalexperiments, Madison, AnimalCruelty, AnimalWelfare, animaladvocates, animalcruelty, animalrights, animalwelfare, cruelty )

- 19 minutes ago -

For years now, the UW-Madison has tried to portray a cadre of local folks who complain about its animal experiments as wackos. Inspectors who pulled a surprise visit to UW's research labs discovered at least 20 oversight violations.
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Posted: Feb 20, 2010 10:04am
Dec 2, 2009
Focus: Animal Welfare
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States

In Honor of World AIDS Day - Support the Great Ape Protection Act
Animals  (tags: USA, HR1326, animaltesting, animaladvocates, animalrights, animalwelfare, ethics, humans, law, protection, suffering )

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We don't want people dying of AIDS and we don't want primates being tortured any more !!! Please take action: USA needs the Great Ape Protection Act. contact your legislator and ask them to support the H.R. 1326
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» If your legislator is not signed on, ask them to cosponsor the Great Ape Protection Act (H.R. 1326.)
» If they are a 2009 cosponsor, please thank them.
» To order legislator postcards, click here.
» To find your legislator, click here.
» Finally, email the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  Let them know you no longer want your tax dollars going towards research on great apes. Tell them you want NIH:

To retire all government owned/supported chimpanzees currently in U.S. labs to sanctuary; and,
To reallocate funding for alternatives, which are more humane, safer and better science.

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Posted: Dec 2, 2009 7:25pm
Dec 1, 2009
Focus: Animal Welfare
Action Request: Write E-Mail
Location: United States
Project R&R: Release and Restitution for Chimpanzees in U.S. Laboratories ono
Yoko © Fauna Foundation (see story below) 
aids, ribbonIn Honor of World AIDS Day

"I have lost friends, teachers, and colleagues to this disease. Today I watch with those who are waiting for a cure. In loving recognition, I ask that we move towards humane and scientifically superior research that will give all of us the promise of an end to HIV/AIDS."   - Karen S., NEAVS staff

NEAVS/Project R&R continues to advocate for better science. In honor of World AIDS Day, a day of international awareness about HIV and AIDS, we are asking our supporters to reach out to their Representatives in support of the Great Ape Protection Act (H.R.1326), a bill to end chimpanzee research.

Why today?

The use of chimpanzees was once hailed as “the key” to a cure for AIDS. Yet AIDS continues to kill millions worldwide, in spite of the large number of chimpanzees bred and historically used in HIV/AIDS research.

Today, HIV research using chimpanzees represents an extremely small, nearly non-existent percent of all HIV research – an admission by scientists that the chimpanzee model of AIDS/HIV is a failure. Still, a few studies backed by federal funding continue.


Please contact your legislator and ask them to support the Great Ape Protection Act (H.R. 1326) by signing on as a cosponsor. If they have already signed on as a cosponsor, please thank them.

atla, paper

Despite the failure of chimpanzee use to prevent or cure HIV/AIDS, some researchers are calling for a return of their use to study the disease. “An Assessment of the Role of Chimpanzees in AIDS Vaccine Research,” published in 2008 and authored by Project R&R’s Science Director and geneticist Jarrod Bailey, Ph.D., investigated chimpanzees use in HIV/AIDS vaccine development.  This paper demonstrated that a return to chimpanzee use would be not only non-productive, but even counterproductive to scientific progress in preventing and conquering AIDS.

ono, green background Touched by HIV/AIDS:
the story of one HIV research survivor

Purchased from a circus at age 7, Yoko was sent to the Laboratory for Experimental Medicine and Surgery in Primates in 1981. He was used extensively in research and infected with both HIV and hepatitis C – today he tests negative for both.  Why? Although HIV can replicate in their bodies, chimpanzees infected with HIV do not become sick with symptoms of AIDS.

Now in sanctuary at Fauna, Yoko has become very social and can often be found in a grooming circle of friends. A fast runner who loves to play chase, he is a very small adult male, but what he lacks in size he makes up for in personality.

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Project R&R is a campaign of the New England Anti-Vivisection Society (NEAVS)
333 Washington Street, Suite 850, Boston, MA 02108
© NEAVS. All rights reserved.


NEAVS/Project R&R action:

To find your legislator, click here
To see if they are already signed on, click here.

AAVS action:
Click here to read more and take action!
PCRM action: Urge Congress to Support the Great Ape Protection Act Send an automatic e-mail now.
HSUS action: Action Alert! Help Support The Great Ape Protection Act
Petition: Sign the Petition to End Chimpanzee Research
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Posted: Dec 1, 2009 4:33pm
Nov 25, 2009

1:25pm Thursday 12th November 2009

ENFIELD is the first council in the country to use only "cruelty-free" cleaning products.

The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV), which campaigns to end animal experiments, voiced delight at the decision, made at last night's council meeting.

Councillor Christopher Cole introduced the motion in support of the BUAV's "Clean Up Cruelty" campaign, which seeks to end cruel animal testing for household products and their ingredients.

Enfield is now the first council in the UK whose cleaning contractors can only use BUAV-approved products.

BUAV chief executive Michelle Thew said: “The BUAV congratulates Enfield Council and its residents in taking this important stance.

"We urge other councils throughout the UK to adopt a similar position, and support our campaign to end the cruelty and suffering inflicted on animals to test cleaning products."

The BUAV campaign received success in Parliament recently, when all major parties pledged to put a ban on animal testing for household products in their manifestos for the next election.

In 1997 the Government decided to stop granting licences for cosmetics tests on animals, but there is no such prohibition for household products.

The BUAV’s Humane "Cosmetics Standard" and "Household Products Standard" are recognisable by the Leaping Bunny logo, an internationally recognised and patented cruelty-free certification.

For a list of BUAV-approved products, visit

Cleaning up their act: All Enfield office products must now show this logo to prove they are kind to animals




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Posted: Nov 25, 2009 6:39am
Nov 18, 2009
Focus: Animal Welfare
Action Request: Protest
Location: Ireland

Every person counts, these animals have no one but us - and nothing is more important than their lives.
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We, the National Animal Rights Association (N.A.R.A. - ) will be having protests outside both Charles River Laboratories in Co. Mayo, on Tuesday 24th November. We want to make them the biggest protests the vivisection industry in Ireland has ever seen - but we need your help!

Our first protest will be outside the Charles River Lab. in Carrentrila, Ballina, Co. Mayo. After a few hours there, we'll be heading to the second Charles River Lab., in Glenamoy, Co. Mayo - which is about an hour's drive from Ballina.

Vegan snacks will be provided throughout the day, and please feel free to bring your own megaphones, posters and banners! We are calling on everyone to make this day a success, so we would like to invite not only activists in Ireland, but campaigners from around the world to attend!

Here's the plan for the day:

MEET AT: 8am sharp, Tues. 24th November, outside the Hugh Lane Art Gallery (Parnell Square, Dublin 1) for pick-up.

8.30am, bus packed and passengers onboard, departing Dublin

11.30am/12noon, estimated arrival at Charles River Laboratory in Carrentrila, Ballina, Co. Mayo.

2.30pm, departing Carrentrila, Ballina, Co. Mayo

3.30pm/4pm, estimated arrival at Charles River Laboratory in Glenamoy, Co. Mayo (it's beside the second Corrib Gas terminal)

6pm/6.30pm, departing Glenamoy

9.30pm/10pm, estimated arrival in Dublin, to be dropped off at Hugh Lane Art Gallery on Parnell Square, Dublin 1.


Charles River Laboratories, which is one of the biggest animal testing companies in the world, has two research facilities in Ireland. They are located in: Carrentrila, Ballina, Co. Mayo and Glenamoy, Co. Mayo.

They conduct painful, live experiments on animals for the Pharmaceutical, Animal Health, Medical Device, Biotechnology and Food Industries in this country.

They are a contract testing business, which means they will test anything, on any animal, for a price. Thousands of animals are experimented on in these labs every year.

Their torturous lives are full of pain, fear, suffering and misery. Any animal that manages to survive an experiment, is killed shortly afterwards.

Animals are bred on site, both for their own use and to sell to universities and other commercial laboratories, and we have been informed by sympathisers that the species used include mice, rats, dogs, cats and horses. Over the years we have also received claims of animal bodies and toxic waste being dumped in the nearby lake, as well as reports of dogs being heard barking and howling for hours on end in breeding sheds.

How could anyone do that to an animal? These people are barbaric animal abusers, and are an absolute disgrace to humanity. Hidden behind closed doors, they have gotten away with this for far to long. But we will not stop until we expose this disgusting industry, and finally put a stop to it.

Animals are sentient beings who deserve the freedom to live a full life in their natural environment. There is absolutely no moral or ethical justification whatsoever for using any animal in this way.


The animals need you - please be there!

For the animals,

Laura Broxson - +353 (0)86 8729 444

National Animal Rights Association

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