Violence at Biocair Demo

Activists were ones again back at Biocair, The Business Centre, Church End, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB1 3LB to ask the company to end their dealings with the most exposed lab in the world – Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS).
The demo was lively and we certainly got our point across.
A lorry tried to deliver to Biocair, but they sent them away! The company delivering was Malco Freight International, 12 Lancaster Way Business Park, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB6 3NW. Phone number 01353 666848. Fax number 01353 666846 and E-mail: operations@malcofreight.co.uk
Please politely contact them and ask them not to deal with Biocair until they drop their links with HLS.
We watched as the police went up and down the road trying to find the place, they eventually did find Biocair’s location and after two trips into the company they tried to issue a Section 14. Unfortunately because of our megaphone, some of us couldn’t hear the notice being issued and continued to stay in the business park a while longer, oops!
After everyone was out of the business park the police left with blue flashing lights to fight some real crime!
Later violent opponents stopped by with one man and one woman attacking a young female activist. The male also made threatening, abusive and discriminatory comments.
The man was complaining saying we had damaged his car somehow and claiming he was ringing the police, but it was us that headed off to the police station to make a complaint about his actions!
We are here for the animals so we will be back regardless. If anyone is able to come down for a demo to offer a bit of support, please get in contact with Animal Rights Cambridge, we need you!

In memory of Pat Griffin

Pat Griffin, co-founder of Animal Rights Cambridge (then known as Animal Aid Cambridge), sadly past away peacefully in her sleep at 3.00 am on Friday, June 26. Pat was an amazing voice for the animals and will be missed by all who knew her.
Pat was committed, caring and always there when the animals needed her. Pat was the sort of person that was, and remains, an inspiration to us all in her compassionate outlook and dedication to the cause.
Before Pat passed on she recorded her life in her book “Lost Identity – Memoir of a world war two evacuee”. The book is available from Animal Aid, for whom Pat was a committed activist and local contact, and from Animal Rights Cambridge itself. Please contact us to purchase a copy.

SHACivism in Cambridge

SHACivism

Activists in Cambridge have been supporting Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) after the state repression the campaign has faced. Cambridge activists had a demo at Bayer on SHAC’s Bayer Day of Action, held a number of demos at Barclays while it was still a shareholder of Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS), and now activists are focusing on BioCair a supplier of the most exposed animal testing lab in the world – HLS. HLS test things such as sweeteners, GMOs and weed killers on animals. It will be stopped, if we all act!
More at: www.shac.net

McLibel McVictory Protest 2009

A small number of activists from Animal Rights Cambridge gathered to celebrate the anniversary of the now famous McLibel Victory in 1997,and in celebration of a smaller local victory after an activist was cleared in court after a protest was held inside McDonalds in 2008.
The activists were there to point out that today McDonalds hasn’t really changed. McDonalds owns 61,500 shares in arms company ITT, still causes damage to the environment and is still responsible for animal cruelty. The company also has involvement with Israel and workers issues so a lot of people are not lovin’ it.
When activists arrived they noticed two bouncers at the doors. The campaigners were asked to stand the other side of the path next to other shops by the McSecurity. However, somehow the activists thought the idea of protesting outside unrelated shops was a bad one and the McRequest was ignored!
The activists got lots of information out and people took leaflets. The campaigners also used the megaphone to good effect, making it clear why they were there. It seems lots of people know about the issues with McDonalds and the activists were well received.
The police turned up and said that an activist should stop filming the McSecurity. The cop went on about the Public Order Act and ‘breach of the peace’. However, the officer didn’t seem to have much of an answer when the Police Operational Handbook was pulled out, except to continue to repeat his baseless claims.
The campaigners hope people will continue to oppose McDonalds and continue to let people know about the issues from the perspective of different movements and groups.

Boycott Proctor & Gamble – Day of Action in Cambridge 2009

Campaigners headed to Tesco on Newmarket Road, Cambridge on May 16, 2009 as part of an international day of action against Proctor and Gamble (P&G), who still test on animals. P&G are responsible for a huge array of products including Herbal Essences, Ariel, Fairy, Bold and even animal food under the label Iams/Eukanuba.
THE ACTION…
Campaigners filled a trolley with P&G products and left leaflets explaining about P&G’s involvement in cruel and unnecessary animal tests. Activists then stood outside the main entrance and handed out leaflets to Tesco customers. Customers took an interest and showed support.
THE CAUSE…..
According to the Boycott P&G website P&G admit that guinea pigs, rabbits, hamsters, ferrets, rats and mice are among the animals poisoned in their ‘product safety research. This mindless cruelty takes place so that this profit-hungry company can sell its overpriced tat to a unquestioning consumerist culture.
The likes of the Co-op and others do not carry animal testing for their own brand cosmetics and household products. Buying cruelty free is something everyone can do to make a stand against unnecessary violence. Plus buying Co-op own brand stuff is a lot cheaper than P&G!
THE COPS REACTION…
A manager came out and spoke to campaigners and told them the police would be attending. The police arrived and asked for one of the flyers which activists were happy to give them. The police went into the store and stayed inside for a very long time, in which time the campaigners got out most of their leaflets!
An officer from NETCU then showed up and spoke to activists and went in to speak to the policewoman in the store. The police officer then told activists to leave the outside of Tesco as it was private property. The officer then said he had got a statement saying that a staff member had said that customers had been “intimidated” by leaflets being peacefully handed out!! He then said he would “Section 14” the activists if they didn’t leave. He seemed to change his mind about the Section 14 when an activist pointed out he would need to show “intent” to intimidate.
The officer then started pushing one of the activists. The activist then suddenly became very tired and decided to lay down on the floor! The officers discussed what to do because, apparently, there was no space in the cells! They decided to arrest the activist for “breach of the peace” and take him to the edge of Tesco’s property and then de-arrest him. Once they were moving the activist, the police planned what to do if he re-entered Tesco property. One suggested they take him to the edge of Cambridge and leave him! However the other officer said he knew the campaigners address and said they’d take him there.
The officers then went back to speak to the other campaigners, still in Tesco car park, and the recently de-arrested activist followed. The officers told them both to go and activists began walking off. Once the police were back at the main doors of Tesco one of the campaigners put the remainder of the leaflets on cars in the Tesco car park! One passing car even stopped to ask for a leaflet clearly after seeing the polices actions earlier, the police creating a scene generally helps somewhat!
People don’t want animals abused for washing-up liquid, get the message P&G!

Vigil for International Animal Rights Day

Animal Rights Cambridge joined with people from across the world in commemoration of the International Animal Rights Day. The group held a candlelight vigil in Cambridge city centre on 10th Dec for the millions of animals world-wide who are exploited at human hands.
The International Day calls for the recognition of the basic rights of animals via a Universal Declaration of Animal Rights. Groups representing hundreds of people across the world have signed the declaration.
According to an Animal Rights Cambridge spokesperson, the day coincides with the anniversary of the ratification of the UN Declaration of Human Rights, we feel that animal and human rights are linked. There is a proven association between cruelty to animals and violence against people. Like Martin Luther King said, Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
The spokesperson said that people from many different walks of life support animal rights and are animal rights campaigners. Rich and poor, black and white, students and childcare professionals – compassionate people who support the right of all beings to live without the fear of torture and abuse.
To sign the Universal Declaration of Animal Rights go to: http://www.uncaged.co.uk/signform.htm

McProtester Found “Not Guilty”!

An activist from Animal Rights Cambridge arrested under Section 5 of the Public Order Act for a protest inside the McDonalds restaurant in Cambridge in June 2008 was found ‘not guilty’ on 30th April 09. The protest was in commemoration of the now-famous Mclibel case’s anniversary, that was a huge PR disaster for McDonalds. The protesters entered the restaurant and informed customers about issues regarding McDonalds corporate practices on arange of issues. One of the campaigners was then arrested under Section 5 of the Public Order Act.
This is a small victory for the animal rights movement that has been under increasing state repression. Lets take this as a collective lift to our self-esteem, said the cleared activist, I’m Mcloving it!.
The case has dragged on but it finally came to an end with the magistrate finding the defendant not guilty Animal rights activism may have been covertly outlawed in the UK, said the activist, but it seems not everyone has read the memo yet!.
The campaigner’s Barrister put forward an excellent case with the help of the brilliant defence witnesses. As the Not Guilty verdict was read out the supporters in the public gallery began to applaud!

“Supermarket Sweep” Boycott Proctor and Gamble Day Action 2008

To mark the anti-animal testing group Uncaged’s 12th International Day of Action against Proctor and Gamble (P&G), who test on animals and whose brands include the likes of Daz and Fairy, Animal Rights Cambridge headed to Tesco, ASDA and Sainsburys to speak out against this needless violence.

Campaigners headed to Tesco in Cambridge, some stayed outside with leaflets whilst others entered the store and filled trolleys with P&G products before heading to the front of the store and securing the trolleys with pad locks and beginning to chant. This continued for sometime getting the attention of shoppers with some taking leaflets.

Tesco staff told campaigners that they could continue protesting outside in the car park area. The police were just driving up and the activists took up Tesco’s offer and unlocked the trolleys. They leafleted outside Tesco for awhile and then moved on to ASDA to do the same thing.

Their action at ASDA was a little different with a campaigner’s banner being torn by a member of ASDA staff and two campaigners being grabbed and forcibly ejected from the store. Staff even took a leaflet away from one of their own shoppers! This reaction from ASDA added to the spectacle the protest created and sympathetic shoppers stopped for a leaflet after seeing the employees’ behaviour.

Another campaigner who could not make the main protest educated the public (about the cruelty P&G are involved in) at Sainsburys handing outleaflets and Uncaged’s anti-P&G reusable carrier bags to shoppers. This allowed three supermarket chains to be covered in Cambridge, hopefully getting people thinking about the products they buy.

For a full list of all P&G products see  http://www.uncaged.co.uk/pgproducts.htm. UPDATE (21/10/2013): The page does no longer exist. For more information about P&G animal testing and the reasons to boycott go to http://www.uncaged.co.uk/pg.htm