More SHAC Financial DemosTagged as: animal_liberation hls shac social_struggles vivisection
Friday, 24th April
Today protests for World Day for Animals in Laboratories, a UN recognised global day against animal experimentation, we continued with demos in the city. Barclays on Minories was first up today. This branch is a good place to do a really visual demo and can get really busy. They still own their 400,000 shares in HLS and over 13,500,000 in the NYSE (still the largest shareholder of both!) so we continue to demonstrate outside their branches and offices. We get a lot of passers-by and a lot of support from these demos.
We left to go to AXA round the corner at 1 Aldgate. There have only been a couple of demos at this company since we were informed of their new, responsible make-over. Writing up an ethical policy and not investing in companies like Huntingdon Life Sciences sounded too good to be true. An investment company with an ethical policy? Well, as it turned out, it was too good to be true and they re-invested in HLS. We were back outside their offices again to expose them for the liars that they are.
AIG on Fenchurch Street thought they'd got rid of us by selling some of their shares in HLS. Well, unfortunately for them, that won't do. Any money given to Huntingdon Life Sciences is too much money, any investment in HLS is unacceptable...
Legg Mason on King William Street was next. As the second largest shareholder in the NYSE, they can put a lot of pressure on the stock exchange to de-list HLS. We urged them to do so today - the NYSE would much rather lose HLS from their Arca Exchange than to lose Legg Mason and their 11,000,000 shares.
The demo at Barclays on King Street got us a lot of support, with quite a few people stopping to ask us what Barclays involvement in HLS was. They were shocked to discover the horrific torture that Barclays supports.
We thought AXA on Newgate Street might be missing us, so we dropped by for a quick hello. While they hold shares in HLS (only 10,000 at the moment, but these were bought after they sold their other shares) we will continue to demonstrate. They also hold just over 8,000,000 shares in the NYSE - we urged them to put pressure on the NYSE as one of the larger shareholders to de-list HLS.
Merrill Lynch across the road own only 2,000 shares in HLS. We didn't demonstrate against them today, but we're keeping an eye on them. Why would a company sell most of its shares, but still hang on to a handful? You can see SHAC are still going strong Merrill, don't make a bad choice!
Barclays Capital, near St. Paul's Cathedral was our last target of the day. Although the building itself isn't great for a demo, with a small entrance and not many people that we could see inside, we got great support from the public in this busy area.
All in all, a good day.
SHAC London - as strong as ever.
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