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ACT: Target U.S. Bank - HLS Lender Lets Lab Keep Killing



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US Bank loan lets HLS kill more animals
US Bank's $120 million loan to Huntingdon Life Sciences keeps the lab open to poison dogs, cats, monkeys and more animals in tests for pesticides, sweeteners, diet pills... So today animals still collapsed, frothing at the mouth. Dogs who didn't get enough anesthesia "whimpered and moved" while cut apart.

US Bank is currently Huntingdon's top debt-relief source. Though made aware of animal abuse and fraudulent science from 7 investigations, the bank approved this mega loan. US Bancorp blacklists companies for illegal gun sales, online gambling, etc. But animal cruelty is exempt? Like hundreds of other firms that dumped HLS, US Bank has access to footage and documents about techs who punch beagle puppies, dissect live animals, falsify data and botch experiments so badly that animals seize and die on the spot.

Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty UK launched a global campaign in 1999, with unified U.S. action a few years later. Anti-HLS efforts target the lab's financiers, customers and suppliers. Any company with ties to HLS is exposed to evidence of animal abuse. While HLS has teetered near shutdown, straddled with a $100 million debt, some financier always seems to bail them out. Ask US Bank to end its association with HLS and terminate the current loan agreement.
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Dear U.S. Bancorp Executive Officers and Employees,

It is refreshing to know that a corporation as large as U.S. Bancorp rejects business from illegal gun sellers, gambling websites, pornographers, and other enterprises judged corrupt or immoral.

Please add animal cruelty to your criterion for blacklisted companies. I was genuinely surprised to learn that U.S. Bank National Association approved a $120 million loan for Huntingdon-Life-Sciences. This controversial research laboratory, with facilities in England and New Jersey, is on record for: Multiple violations of animal welfare law in the United States and England, personnel cited for animal cruelty and on- site drug/alcohol use, and payoffs to the U.S. Agriculture Department for fraudulent records and animal welfare noncompliance.

Investigative footage that spans more than a decade shows animals who vomit, stagger, seize and collapse. Veterinary inspection is rare. H-L-S violence first went public when a UK Channel Four TV series, Countryside Undercover, broadcast reports from the lab's Beagle Unit. A U.S. probe revealed dogs killed when dosing tubes misdirected into their lungs (rather then stomachs) choked them in poison. During post-mortem dissection, a tech cut apart the chest of a still conscious monkey. Another was filmed punching beagles: "A worker swung a puppy by the scruff of her neck...and continually punched her as she screamed," the investigator noted.

In 2005, two H-L-S workers left their jobs distressed over suffering seen for 12 months. Their testimonials also described coworkers who "grab dogs by the scruff, shout and swear, swing and slap them." They witnessed: Dogs barely anesthetized for painful procedures like bone marrow extraction; staff needle-jabbing contests; and routinely forged records to hide slip-ups.

In 2008, Animal Defenders International publicized H-L-S logs about inhalation tests with monkeys cinched in chairs to breathe in toxic fumes. The animals were so stressed, some suffered rectal prolapse and many self-mutilated to cope. One gnawed off an entire finger. Another shredded her face and had to eat via tube. Animals died in agony from collapsed or obstructed lungs.

Pharmaceutical firm Novartis withdrew sponsorship of an H-L-S study altogether, after disclosure of botched xenotransplantation tests in which pig hearts were stitched to the necks of hundreds of monkeys. The Daily Express exposed evidence of monkeys "screaming, reluctant to move, salivating, huddled with severe tremors on torso and head, collapsing, gasping."

Biotechnology has evolved with breakthroughs in human-based methods relevant to human conditions. Conversely, animal tests mislead researchers due to metabolic, anatomic, physiological and psychological discrepancies between species. Erroneous animal data may speed new drugs through clinical trials to market, but lead to unforeseen adverse drug reactions in the general population. U.S. Food and Drug Administration lists ADRs as the fourth top cause of death, with over two million victims each year.

If a companion animal shares your home, you know how frightening pain is for your furry friend. The animals at H-L-S are no different, except pain is amplified. I urge you to join Royal Bank of Scotland, HSBC, Citibank, Bank of New York, Merrill Lynch, Charles Schwab, Barclays Plc, Stephens Inc. and hundreds more firms that severed relations with H-L-S. I encourage you to explore any cause-for-termination language in the current loan agreement as well.

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U.S. BANCORP - U.S. BANK
CONTACT INFORMATION SOURCES:
  ~  U.S. Bancorp Executive Officers
  ~  Contact Our Directors
  ~  U.S. Bank Contact Us
  ~  Business Development Team Leaders
  ~  U.S. Bancorp Corporate Public Relations
  ~  U.S. Bancorp Corporate Investor Relations
  ~  U.S. Bancorp Company Intelligence Report
  ~  STOP HUNTINGDON ANIMAL CRUELTY

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U.S. Bancorp Center, 800 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55402 USA
Phone: 800-872-2657, 855-769-4742 or 651-466-3000
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  • Richard Davis, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
    richard.davis@usbank.com
  • Andrew Cecere, Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer
    andrew.cecere@usbank.com
  • Jennie P. Carlson, Executive Vice President, Human Resources
    jennie.carlson@usbank.com
  • James L. Chosy, Executive VP, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, 612-973-0359
  • Terrance R. Dolan, Vice Chairman, Wealth Management, Securities Services
  • John R. Elmore, Vice Chairman, Community Banking
  • Richard J. Hidy, Executive Vice President, Chief Risk Officer
    richard.hidy@usbank.com
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  • Pamela A. Joseph, Vice Chairman, Payment Services
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  • Michael S. LaFontaine, Exec VP, Chief Operational Risk Officer
  • Howell D. McCullough III, Executive VP, Chief Strategy Officer
    howell.mccullough@usbank.com
  • P. W. Parker, Executive VP and Chief Credit Officer
    p.w.parker@usbank.com
  • Richard Payne, Vice Chairman, Wholesale Banking
    richard.payne@usbank.com
  • Kent Stone, Vice Chairman, Consumer Banking Sales-Support
  • Jeffry H. von Gillern, Vice Chairman, Technology-Operations
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