Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty responded to the October 9 announcement that Huntingdon Life Sciences would be reorganized in the United States by promising to work even harder to “SMASH HLS.”
SHAC issued a press release referring to the move as an act of desperation that would have little impact on their activities, even though SHAC itself conceded that by incorporating itself in Maryland, the new Life Sciences corporation will be able to effectively prevent animal rights activists from having access to its list of shareholders.
SHAC apparently believes it will be able to continue receiving all of the information it needs from leaks within the company and/or third parties the company deals with. As the SHAC press release put it,
…HLS’s hope for privacy from the US listing and Maryland shareholder privacy law is nothing but a pipe dream for the company. HLS can keep nothing secret. Stephens bailout of HLS in January was meant to be very hush-hush but was discovered in a matter of days. The same will prove true for the “anonymous” group of US backers that are buying the 15% stake in HLS and their current and future shareholders.
SHAC-USA on the HLS US Listing! Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty, Press Release, October 9, 2001.
Anti-lab activists see victory as animal testing center HLS moves financial listing to US in desperate bid to survive! Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty, Press Release, October 10, 2001.
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