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HUNTINGDON ABOUT TO GO BELLY UP?


Huntingdon Life Sciences, a British-based international animal-testing laboratory with 220 labs in the US, appears to have exhausted its credit.  The Royal Bank of Scotland has decided not to renew a 20 million pound (over $30 million US) overdraft allowed by National Westminster Bank, which has been taken over by the Scottish bank.


Huntington brought in new management two years ago after unnecessary cruelty (not that animal tests are not inherently cruel or necessary) was exposed in some of the labs.


Activists in Britain and the US have been demonstrating to expose both the illegal animal abuse and the useless abuse to animals carried out in these laboratories that is, unfortunately, legal.


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The above was the extent of the simple announcement in the printed CivAb.  After it had been sent to the printer, news came of the serious harassment of Huntingdon employees by activists in England. 


It is one thing to picket the laboratory, and coincidentally its employees at their workplace, but quite another thing to harass employees at their homes  to the extent of fire-bombing their automobiles and damaging their homes as has happened to Huntingdon employees in England.  Sadly, this type of harassment lends credibility to what was formerly an outrageous claim, namely that animal rights proponents are terrorists.   


Tactics like this might cause people to seek alternative employment, but they do nothing to change the minds of people who mistakenly believe that animal experimentation furthers human medical advances.


Even worse, they convince these people that their opponents have no logical scientific basis on which to stand, and close their ears to the voices of those who offer logical scientific arguments against animal experimentation as a means of furthering human medical practice.


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