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RECAP OF BOSTON WEEKEND OF ACTION AGAINST HUNTINGDON LIFE SCIENCES
08 Mar 2002
Sunday, March 3rd kicked off the Boston weekend of action against Huntingdon Life Sciences. Boston Citizens for Animal Liberation organized the weekend to educate the community regarding the horrors of HLS and to apply the needed pressure on the last few backers of HLS who maintain offices in Boston
BOSTON WEEKEND OF ACTION RECAP

Sunday, March 3rd kicked off the Boston weekend of action against Huntingdon Life Sciences. Boston Citizens for Animal Liberation organized the weekend to educate the community regarding the horrors of HLS and to apply the needed pressure on the last few backers of HLS who maintain offices in Boston.

Compassionate individuals gathered at the Community Church of Boston on Sunday for an afternoon of education. We began by showing the undercover investigation footage from inside HLS before discussing the history and atrocities of HLS. Our discussion of the victories in the campaign to close HLS, and the new direction of the campaign that will thoroughly smash them began by viewing the UK campaign video and concluded with HLS: This Means War. This way, the new people in the room who were not familiar with the campaign could see what is being done in the UK and then see that it can and is being done in the US.

We the set out in detail for people in Boston to lay into: State Street, Aetna, Marsh, E*Trade, and Charles Schwab.

With the new agenda clearly explained, the activists – may of who were new faces to the Boston animal liberation movement – knew who they needed to keep calling, keep emailing, keep faxing, and pay visits to. We then prepared for the fun part of the day: home demonstrations.

Part one of the Tour of Torture in this Boston weekend of action against HLS was a trip to the home of David Spina, the Chief Operating Officer of State Street Bank. The 15 million shares that State Street holds for an anonymous investor makes David Spina an ideal target in smashing HLS. Some one must have been worried, especially after activists roamed the halls of State Street’s headquarters in Boston on Tuesday, stickering everything in site. A police car was dispatched at the house even before the demonstration began. As one dozen activists marched to the house and began chanting, “Your money! Your Fault,” several squad cars raced toward the house.

For the next forty minutes, activists laid into Spina, letting him and his neighbors know that we are not going away until State Street severs its ties with HLS. Chanting and speak outs demonstrated our resolve in winning this campaign and how pathetic it is that Spina was trying to hide the fact that he was obviously home and how scared he is of the animal liberation movement. And he should be scared: activists will be outside his home and the homes of his executives, outside his offices, inside his offices, and jamming up his phone lines, email systems, fax machines until State Street drops HLS.

More than two dozen police officers from three different cities, state troopers, and federal agents watched us throughout the demonstration, taking their video footage and photographs as activists let Spina know that this is only the beginning for him. Now is the time to finish off HLS. State Street is a small obstacle in that goal and it is only a matter before Spina grows tired of having police officers outside his house in case a demonstration spontaneous happens.

This is only the beginning of the short journey to what you know is inevitable Spina. You, like Warren Stephen’s and Parker Quillen, will sever your firm’s ties with HLS.

Give Spina a call or send him a gift:

David Spina
17 Campbell Road
Wayland, MA 01778
508.358.7031

Or try one of his Executives such as:

Ronald E. Logue VP and Chief Operating Officer
43 Strassner Ave
Westwood, MA 02090
781.326.1878

John R. Towers
Vice Chairman, Chief Administrative Officer
239 Union
Hanover, MA
781.826.3922

Timothy Halbert
10 Laurel Hollow Road
Boxford, MA 01921
978.887.8656


Joseph L. Hooley Executive VP
12 Del Prete Drive
Hingham, MA 02043

John Fiore Executive VP
33 York Road
Wayland, MA 01778
508.358.5381

John M. Kucharksi
38 Decator Lane
Wayland, MA 01778
508.358.4001

Alfred Poe
385 Wareham Road
Marion, MA 02738
508.748.2763

William M. Reghitto
17 High Plain Road
Andover, MA 01810
978.475.5697

Part two of the Tour of Torture:

Monday, March 4th, 2002 Boston Citizens for Animal Liberation organized a march through the Financial District to bring the message that support of Huntingdon Life Sciences, be it as an investor, as an insurer, or as a potential stockbroker, will not be tolerated.

Activists met outside the Park Street T stop and immediately had the presence of Boston police. Undeterred, activist speak outs and chanting began as we started marching into the Financial District. Several bike cops as well as a prisoner transport unit and a squad car followed us, blocking streets and trying to direct us where they wanted us to walk. We wanted to walk in the streets so we walked in the streets, shutting off several major Financial District streets before the day was done.

From the tone of the speak out, it was obvious that we were heading toward State Street Bank, the second largest investor in HLS. State Street holds approximately 15 million shares for an anonymous investor and it is about time that they got some attention in Boston. Already, activists had wandered the halls of State Street, stickering everything in site. Already, activists had descended on the home of State Street CEO David Spina and ruined his Sunday evening. Now, we went to his headquarters to ruin his Monday. As workers looked on, wondering why so many police officers were dispatched for nonviolent protesters, speak outs and chanting echoed throughout the building.

The next stop on our Tour of Torture was Marsh Insurance, the single reason why HLS can continue to operate this day and can continue to slaughter 500 innocent animals every single day. Already, our English counterparts have been hammering Marsh office after Marsh office. The police were already guarding the doors, certainly having been dispatched to the office for the day by a scared call from John C. Smith, the manager of the Boston Marsh office. Perhaps he did not want what was has been happening all across the United Kingdom to happen to his office. Regardless of the police presence, we let the Boston office of Marsh know what sort of scum we know them to be and let them know that things will only get worse until they sever their ties with HLS.

The next two stops on our Tour of Torture were two stockbrokers who could potential trade HLS or Life Science Research shares. With the HLS share price stuck below one cent and no Market Maker to put through the LSR deal, HLS is resigned to listing on the pink slips. The stockbroker firms that do business were contacted and asked to put it in writing that they will not work with HLS. Since neither E*Trade Financial Centers nor Charles Schwab put it in writing, they were added to our Tour of Torture.

First we gave E*Trade something to think about the next time they hear the name puppy killer. Activists moved close to the glass windows and made sure that all the customers inside knew that E*Trade was still tied to HLS. Again, the police guarded the doors, clearly demonstrating their fears of the animal liberation movement.

We moved onto Charles Schwab and it was the same story. We gave it to them and the cops protected the doors. The frustration of the secretary could be seen through the windows as she could not even answer phone calls as we chanted and held speak outs.

Having not had enough fun with State Street and Marsh, we returned to State Street for another go at them. More cops swarmed as the anger amongst activists swelled. March looks like it is going to be a bad month for State Street unless they sever their ties with HLS. And for Marsh, there is only one way out of this situation: sever your ties with HLS!

Monday was a good day of action to cap off a good weekend of action to smash HLS. Many new activists joined us for their first demonstrations and their first home demonstrations and they all showed the militancy and strength for which this campaign is known.

If you have an office in the Boston area and you have not severed your ties with HLS, do so now and you will be spared the embarrassment of activists swarming your offices and showing up at your doorsteps!


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If you live in the Boston area and want to get involved in this winning campaign, email Boston Citizens for Animal Liberation at bcal (at) ziplip.com or visit us on the web at www.animalliberationboston.org.
See also:
www.animalliberationboston.org
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