In solidarity with Sean Kirtley, who was imprisoned by the state for supposedly organising legal demonstrations against Sequani's vivisection laboratories, activists will be making a stand for the animals with a march and rally against Sequani labs on September 6th in Ledbury, Herefordshire.
Since campaigning against vivisection labs has been criminalised under Section 145 of the SOCPA legislation, such as operating a website critical of a company like Sean did, the event has been organised without organisers and is not an authorised event.
Hereford Police have already shown concern for the day of action by contacting NETCU Watch and are appealing for organisers to identify themselves, in the hope of finding somebody responsible. Despite this, the call for mass action has been promoted by various groups including Antispe Britain, West Midlands ALF, Stop Sequani Animal Testing, SHAC, and the Western Animal Rights Network.
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The following is text is from the Carnival Against Vivisection website: http://www.smashsequani.wordpress.com
In a time when activists are being locked up for organising legal protests conventional activism needs to adapt to continue the fight against animal abusers. Autonomous action will and must be taken to bring the fight to industry exploiting this planet and its inhabitants - enough is enough.
We must abandon the need for leadship in a time when leaders are easy targets for police. It is possible to organise without leadership and this event hopes to prove that the non hierarchical structure of the ALF and ELF can be applied to legal protest as well as direct action.
The police cannot destroy compassion, they can kill the protesters but they cannot kill the protest. Make plans, do what is right.
The following is text is from the Free Sean Kirtley website: http://www.supportsean.wordpress.com
Sean Kirtley was sentenced to four and a half years in prison after an 18 week trial which was at the time the longest running animal rights trial in history. He was found guilty of "conspiracy to interfere with contractual relationships so as to harm animal research organisation".
Sean along with many others had his door smashed in and his house raided by police back in 2006 as part of “Operation Tornado” which was designed to start a case and try and lock up peaceful animal rights campaigners using new SOCPA legislation which was created to protect the vivisection industry from effective campaigners such as Sean and the Sequani defendants.
He was behind the SSAT (Stop Sequani Animal Testing) website and was seen by the police as the organiser of many the demonstrations against Sequani and suppliers of Sequani. He never himself actually broke the law during any protests, the police were present for most of the demonstrations he attended.
The following is text is from the Stop Seqauni Animal Testing website: http://www.sequani.wordpress.com
Sequani Limited are a Contract Research Organisation (CRO) that test pharmaceutical drugs, chemical compounds and medical devices on animals. Tests that are carried out at Sequani include; acute toxicity tests, reproduction toxicology tests, carcinogenicity tests, mutagenicity tests and repeat dose toxicology tests.
Among the animal 'test models' that Sequani imprison and experiment on are beagle dogs, rabbits, genetically stunted pigs known as 'minipigs', transgenic mice, chinese hamsters, rats and guinea pigs. These animals know no other life than that of which their captors have chosen for them; a life of imprisonment, misery, suffering, fear and death.
Protests held against Sequani vivisection laboratories in Ledbury, have spanned over the last 20 years. First focusing on the notorious Toxicol Laboratories UK in the 1980’s, then Quintiles England in the late 1990’s, now 'Sequani Limited'. Different company names, same company registration number, same company location, same animal killers.
Barbaric animal experiments that offer dangerously misleading data obtained by testing drugs on non-human animals have already led to the cruel and agonising deaths of countless millions of non-human animal lives. Animal tested drugs have also led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of human lives.
The animal testing industry, its clientèle and the government, are less than concerned about the massive death toll that animal testing creates, their only concern is for the huge profits that are to be made from releasing new products onto the market at whatever cost.
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