August 2007

Animal rights activists protested outside the London office of Axa, the French insurer, yesterday as part of a campaign to shut down Huntingdon Life Sciences, the animal testing firm.

About a dozen protesters from Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (Shac) gathered outside Axa's UK head office in Old Broad Street in the City of London, and at its general insurance operation on nearby Aldgate.

Huntingdon is one of the world's biggest contract research companies, conducting experiments on rats, monkeys and dogs for drugs and chemical companies.

The protesters are targeting Axa because the French insurer is a major investor in companies on the New York Stock Exchange, where the shares of Huntingdon's parent company are listed. Shac wants Axa and other investors to press the NYSE to delist the shares.

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