July 24, 2009
Animal Liberation Front Attacks Huntingdon Life Sciences Supplier
Phenomenex Who Provides Chemical Reagents Used in Torture of 500 Animals Daily
Torrance, CA: In a communique accompanied by photographs that was received by the North American Animal Liberation Press Office, animal liberationists claim to have attacked a Torrance, California firm that supplies chemical reagents to notorious contract animal testing company Huntingdon Life Sciences. Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS, Ticker: LSR), is Europe's largest animal testing company with laboratories in New Jersey and the United Kingdom. The campaign to stop animal abuse at HLS is global, being waged in at least 22 countries throughout the world.
The communique reads, in part:
In solidarity with SHAC North America's launch, the underground of Los Angeles made note and paid a quick visit to Phenomenex's Torrance location on 7-18 to leave a calling card. Fliers were taped to the windows and their flowerbeds were trashed and their lawn signs bent up and ripped from the ground. It's hard to stomach the idea of what Phenomenex provides Huntingdon Life Sciences, and to ask them to merely quit working with HLS is what we demand - Phenomenex, you're in that quiet little business park in Torrance and your building is a nice safe distance from others. This was just a calling card - a friendly request - we suggest you take it.
Huntingdon Life Sciences has been exposed in seven consecutive undercover investigations which exposed lab technicians simulating sex with the animals, punching beagle puppies and violating numerous animal welfare regulations. The company kills 500 dogs and other animals every day testing such products as oven cleaners, pesticides and pharmaceuticals. Before losing their NYSE listing several years ago, HLS lost their listing on the London Stock Exchange, after UK campaigners exposed atrocities occurring inside HLS facilities; the company currently teeters on the brink of bankruptcy.
To read the original ALF communique and see photos of the action, visit http://www.animalli berationpressoff ice.org/communiq ues/2009/ 2009-07-21_ phenomenex. htm
Today the North American Animal Liberation press office distributed a communique, dated July 21, which it said it received anonymously from the Animal Liberation Front. In the message, ALF claims responsibility for a July 18 "visit" to a Torrance animal-lab supplier. Compared to previous visitations, which have included torched automobiles, this one was relatively benign. The group, in fact, said it had merely left a "calling card" at the office and lab complex belonging to Phenomenex Inc., which supplies chemical and biochemical purification systems to laboratories. The only physical damage seems to have been a few knocked-over signs and dug-up planters outside the building, while some fliers were taped to its front doors.
ALF says it singled out the company because it supplies equipment to British-based Huntingdon Life Sciences, whose laboratories' use of animal testing has put it in the cross-hairs of radical animal rights groups. HLS says its mission is to serve "the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, chemical, crop protection, veterinary and food industries." The message ended with an oblique threat to other HLS suppliers, including "anyone from Staples to Novartis and GSK."