World day for animals in labs!

£1 national express tickets are available from their new Spring Fares deal…
http://www.nationalexpress.com/springcoachfares.aspx

Don’t forget banners and placards for your own local groups we need to show the world we are united and strong as ever!

See ya there!

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Carnival Against Vivisection – Saturday 6th Sept at Sequani!

Police putting restrictions on SOCPA Karaoke…

We are sorry to announce that West Mercia police have put restrictions on our SOCPA Karaoke this Friday (26th Feb) we are not allowed to use any amplifiers or sound systems on penalty of having our equipment confiscated to prevent a possible breach of the peace.

This wont stop us however, we will still be singing at the top of our voices and the demonstration will continue with megaphones and using our screeching awful singing voices.

Please bring banners and noise making equipment / megaphones for the demonstration if you can!

SUPPORT THE SEQUANI SIX! SUPPORT FREEDOM OF SPEECH!

Thanks,

SSC

SOCPA Karaoke LIVE @ Sequani Labs Friday 29th Feb!

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Protestors blockade Ledbury centre at Sequani March after police restrict legal protest.

For Immediate release:
17th December 2007

Contact:
Chris Dowdeswell (Western Animal Rights Network) – 01452 539673

See the full flickr Gallery of the March and blockade here.

There are also two videos of the days events here:


Video from Ledbury Portal (a local Ledbury info site)
Video from a SARC activists who attended

Approximately 150 protesters marched through Ledbury town centre on Saturday 15th December. Police were out in force with approximately 200 police officers from various forces including West Mercia, Cambridge, West Midlands, Staffordshire and Thames Valley. Police on the day had decided to impose a Section 14 and 12 Public Order Act on the march to try and limit the number of protesters outside the lab to only fifteen.

Some police were heavy handed with those who tried to hand out leaflets to the public one police officer from Staffordshire police hurled a female protester into the marchers when she attempted to give information to the public.

In response to police oppression in Ledbury by West Mercia police five protesters used arm tubes to create a blockade of the main Ledbury road, one of the arm tubes had a poster wrapped around it which read “Protest by right, not by police permission”.

Police responded in the only way they know, which was to use violence against the remaining protesters to make space so the police to use a circular saw to cut the activists free from the tubes. Two activists attempted to lock themselves together by the neck using a D-lock but police threw the female activist by the lock which was still attached to her neck to the floor and arrested her. All five were eventually cut from the arm tubes, arrested and taken to Leominster Police station held for 10 hours and released on police bail accused of blocking the public highway. Three of the five activists documented injuries at the police station as a result of the police action taken whilst they were immobilised by the tubes.

A group of activists who travelled from Leeds for the march were told if they walked within fifty metres of each other on the way back to their minibus they would be arrested for a breach of Section 14 for an unauthorised assembly by another Staffordshire police officer.

The public who were interviewed by the Ledbury Portal showed disgust at the numbers of police considering the lack of police available in small rural towns such as Ledbury. The Western Animal Rights Network are happy with the way the march played out, it is unfortunate that we live in a time where our protest rights have been so limited that we have to resort to civil disobedience.

We understand that many members of the public are unsure about what happens at Sequani and whether their animal research actually saves lives, we hope to open an arena for debate over these issues and offer an invitation to Sequani workers and management to debate the issues surround such controversial subjects as “deodorant efficacy” and other vital life saving research such as sanitary products which ‘cure’ period pains.

A number of members of the public tried to intervene during the police violence towards those involved in the blockade, we thank those people who are willing to stand up to bullying from those our taxes pay to protect us.

We hope that in the coming months we can bring the issues surrounding vivisection and animal rights to public arena and will be holding regular protests at Sequani.

Hundreds expected to march against Sequani animal torture labs in Ledbury

For Immediate release:
12th December 2007

Contact:
Chris Dowdeswell (Western Animal Rights Network) – 01452 539673

Coaches from around the country are travelling for a national march and demonstration which will take place in Ledbury on Saturday 15th December from 12.00 commencing at Ledbury train station marching through the town centre and through residential areas.

This is in response to the cruel and unnecessary experiments being performed on sentient animals in the Sequani labs which includes research into nappy rash, deodorants, anti dandruff shampoo, period pain and sunburn i.e. hardly “life saving medical research”. Sequani will test anything for anyone, they are a contract testing laboratory, and do not care about the frivolity of the end product or their victims who die in agony from their violent attacks. The only thing they care about is if they get paid. Experiments include putting rats into deep water and is described as follows by a Sequani minion;

“The current favourite is called the Morris maze which is a big tank of water with a hidden platform just beneath the surface of the water, and you put markers all around the room. So, there is actually nothing in the maze and the animal is in the water and has to find the hidden platform”.

Not content with poisoning animals and then deliberately terrifying them the same author poisons pregnant animals and refers to “a nice abnormal little foetus”.
Such a perverse, disgusting mindset is a disgrace to every decent human being.

Furthermore a rat or a beagle is very different physiologically, emotionally and mentally from the human species. Results from such tests can not be safely extrapolated to humans who are then at risk from harmful new products including medication, paints, pesticides, fertilisers, industrial chemicals, food additives, colourings, detergents ad infinitum. The only true measure of whether or not a product is “safe” is when the general human population has used that product for a long period of time, long enough for birth defects to materialise.

Even if you do not agree with our views in this matter you may conclude that in a democracy peaceful protest on any issue let alone one as controversial as animal testing should be permitted. Unfortunately this is not the case and there have been many arrests at Sequani for simply being present in the vicinity of the laboratory. West Mercia police have behaved in the past as though they were private security guards for the laboratory putting their every whim above the policing needs of the community on a regular basis. Whilst activists have been apologised to and financially compensated by the police for their worst excesses, and whilst we hope that lessons have been learnt by the police this demonstration is also taking place to show solidarity with peaceful activists who are still facing police oppression.

We encourage local people who oppose these horrific experiments on our fellow creatures to march with us to let Sequani know that society has only one thing to learn from animal experimentation that is: what is the lowest we are willing to stoop to make money.

Sequani National March and Rally

Sequani National Flyer

Sequani National March

Saturday 15th December
Meet 12 noon at Ledbury Train Station
Speakers + Vegan Food!

We will more information as and when we get it including transport pickup points and more. If you are coming down in a bus please email us with the details of where pickups are : group@animalliberation.co.uk

If you need to contact us please phone 01452 539673 or email using the above email address.

Map to Ledbury Station
(The Homend, Ledbury, Herefordshire, HR8 1AR)

Map to Sequani Lab
(Sequani Limited, Bromyard Road, Ledbury, HR8 1LH)