TO SAVE CONFUSION
This article is about the SHAC 7 in the United States (http://shac7.com), not the UK SHAC 7. Both cases are however based on the same principle: blackmailing HLS as part of an international campaign.
"The World Takes-- How corporations and politicians turned animal rights activists into terrorists," Herbivore, Volume 13, 26-48.
By WILL POTTER
On some days in Trenton, N.J., the only thing separating the grey Delaware River from the grey horizon of office buildings and the flat grey sky is a big sign in glowing neon red.
"TRENTON MAKES, THE WORLD TAKES" runs 254 feet across the Lower Trenton Toll Supported Bridge, which spans the Delaware River. The capital san serif letters average nine and half feet tall by six and a half feet wide, and weigh about 300 pounds each. It took four sign technicians, a crane, and $383,427 for Trentonians to adamantly refurbish the dilapidated slogan in 2005. The phrase's 1,500 linear feet of glass tubing can be finicky. Sometimes an E or an A will burn out. Sometimes an entire word. But when that neon is lit up, Trenton defiantly shines.
Five undercover investigations inside HLS labs have shown workers punching beagle puppies in the face, dissecting live monkeys and falsifying scientific data. One investigator, Michelle Rokke, wrote in her diary: "I saw him pick a dog up off the floor by his front leg and toss him in a cage-- when he tried to close the cage door one of the dogs tried to get out. He repeatedly slammed the cage door on the dog's head."
Armed with this information, animal activists in England--the other location of an HLS lab--launched an international campaign called Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty. Their goal wasn't to simply expose the abuse, or call for reform. Their goal was to put the lab out of business.
Following the lead of effective anti-apartheid divestment campaigns in the 1980s, activists knew the only way to change a business practice is to aim for the bottom line.