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Note from WAR: The following action alert was forwarded from SHAC UK. After only two weeks of intense campaigning, BDO has cut their ties to HLS. SHAC has also announced a new financial target - Fortress Global Investments. Fortress is a New York City =-O based international investment firm with offices across the USA and around the world http://www.fortress.com/site_content.aspx?s=4 . Most of the directors of Fortress have Manhattan residences. WAR actions will begin with protests very soon. Stay tuned for announcements about times/dates/places. For those of you who do not live near a city with a Fortress Office, we will have actions that can be performed from anywhere in the world.
From SHAC UK:
BDO DROP HLS AFTER ONLY TWO WEEKS, CONTACT NEW FINANCIAL TARGET - FORTRESS
The only reason HLS are open is because of a loan they acquired in 2006. For three years we have been investigating this loan, whilst HLS has done all they can to keep the lenders secret. As we revealed in the last action alert, one of the lenders is Anchor Sub Funding who were set up in Luxembourg by BDO for the sole purpose of lending HLS $30 million. We can now reveal that BDO were paid by another company to set up Anchor Sub Funding. Since our last action alert, BDO have cut all ties with Anchor Sub Funding.
The company behind Anchor Sub Funding is the Fortress Investment Group who are a global investment company, with offices in several countries. We are calling on them to cut all ties with Huntingdon Life Sciences and call in the loan with immediate effect.
For more information about Huntingdon's financials please visit http://www.shac.net/action/financial/
I am writing to you in relation to a $30 million loan that has been made to Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) via your Drawbridge Special Opportunities Fund. Without this loan HLS could not remain open and therefore Fortress are in large part responsible for the cruel and violent actions going on inside HLS. The fact that Fortress have set up a front company in Luxembourg called Anchor Sub Funding shows that a lot of effort has been put into keeping this loan secret, presumably to stop HLS' horrific record of cruelty, violence and law breaking from tarnishing Fortress' reputation.
HLS 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 HLS exposing cruel primate experiments and disgusting conditions. HLS also have a track record of law breaking and manipulation of data. During just one primate study, HLS broke the law 526 times; and workers have been caught taking drugs and drinking on site.
HLS' financials are in a dire state, and there is a high risk that HLS would fail to make its loan repayments to you, you may already be aware that they have failed to meet loan commitments during 2009. This is due to a significant loss in custom and terrible share price, on top of this many of their shareholders are filing class action lawsuits against HLS after HLS' board of directors accepted CEO Andrew Baker's offer to buy out the failing company for a very low price of $8.50 a share.
Please don't take my word for it, if you want to see the state HLS are in please read the Plymouth Report which HLS recently filed with the SEC: www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/ 1158833/000115883309000045/exhibit99.htm 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 Huntingdon Life Sciences. Please raise this issue at any meetings you attend, and let all your colleagues know about HLS.
For further information, please visit: www.shac.net
CONTACTS: Fortress' Board of Directors
Wesley R. Edens Principal and Co-Chairman of the Board firstname.lastname@example.org
Daniel N. Bass Chief Financial Officer email@example.com Douglas L. Jacobs Director firstname.lastname@example.org Howard Rubin Director email@example.com Takumi Shibata Director firstname.lastname@example.org George W. Wellde Jr. Director email@example.com
Fortress employees directly involved in the Anchor loan:
Michael Polidoro firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Eggenberg email@example.com
Scott Silvers firstname.lastname@example.org
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For general information on the campaign to close Huntingdon Life Science, please visit our website www.shac.net Coming events: Mark your calendars now!
HLS Protests will be held weekly and during some time periods daily!
October 2nd: World Farm Animal Day in New York City October 3rd: ECOFEST - Central Park October 2nd, 3rd & 4th: HLS Protests Target: Fortress Investment Group October 11th: NYC VegFest , Tompkins Square Park (tentative) October 17 -24, 2009: National Primate Liberation Week
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