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HLS & NAMIBIA SEAL HUNT PROTESTS + AR2013
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AR2013 + Nat'l Protests Against HLS & Namibia Seal Hunt

ANIMAL RIGHTS 2013 NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Nearly 1,100 people joined AR2013 at Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, by Washington DC, June 27 - 30. People came from 44 states, 15 other countries...to learn, network, and fight for animal liberation.

KINSHIP CIRCLE AR2013 EXHIBIT
lt to rt: Kinship Circle Disaster Field Response Manager Cheri Deatsch works with volunteers Dan Robinson and Meg York at our AR2013 booth. Jocelyn York is behind camera.
Dan Robinson and Grady Ballard at Kinship Circle's AR2013 exhibit with Mandy, a lhasa apso rescued from a puppy mill.
Our website has all this high-res literature, FREE for you to download!
Also hanging out at Kinship Circle's booth: Etelah, Liberty, Mabel and Mandy. Mandy takes a break from the crowd with mom Brenda Shoss.

KINSHIP CIRCLE WAS AN AR2013 CONFERENCE SPONSOR
The group's director, Brenda Shoss, created this half page ad for the AR2013 program booklet.
Kinship Circle Board Member Nora Constance Marino, attorney and activist, presented at AR2013.
Brenda Shoss spoke about Kinship Circle Disaster Animal Response Team, plus recent aid for Oklahoma tornado animal victims. Cheri Deatsch, Kinship Circle Field Response Manager, contributed to the presentation.

6/28/13, Lessons From Companion Campaigns
  • Will Gomaa, Alley Cat Allies
  • Scotlund Haisley, Animal Rescue Corps
  • Doll Stanley, In Defense Of Animals
  • Brenda Shoss, Kinship Circle

6/28/13, Lessons From Vivisection Campaigns

6/29/13, Applying Direct Action
  • Susan Hartland - Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
  • Andy Stepanian - Sparrow Media Project; Former SHAC-7 Prisoner
  • Peter Young - Animal Liberation Frontline
  • Brenda Shoss, Kinship Circle / MOVIE: The Campaign That Changed Everything ~ SHAC USA


WHO IS HUNTINGDON LIFE SCIENCES?
  • 1999: SHAC-UK begins global effort to end Huntingdon Life Sciences
  • 2001: SHAC-USA forms
  • 5/26/04: 6 SHAC leaders (and SHAC-USA) are indicted by a New Jersey federal grand jury under the Animal Enterprise Protection Act, an obscure law to protect animal-use profits.
  • In 2006, all SHAC-USA defendants are imprisoned.
    Kevin Kjonaas: 72 months
    Lauren Gazzola: 52 months
    Jacob Conroy: 48 months
    Andrew Stepanian: 36 months
    Darius Fullmer: 12 months, 1 day
    Joshua Harper: 36 months

Lauren Gazzola is a former SHAC-7 prisoner, wrongfully imprisoned under the unconstitutional Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act. I hadn't seen or spoken to Lauren since she was jailed in 2006…and she was at AR2013. I cried, as I knew I would the first time I saw Lauren, Kevin or Jake. Seeing Lauren back in her life was the best moment at AR2013, for me. Brenda Shoss

Huntingdon Life Sciences is among the world's largest animal testing labs, with sites in the U.K. and New Jersey, USA. HLS kills an average 500 animals each day. To test pesticides, fertilizers, household goods, additives, GMOs, chemicals… Animals vomit, stagger, hyper-salivate, seize and collapse. They're surgically mutilated and cry from the pain of clumsily jabbed needles.

Dogs, monkeys, cats, rabbits, pigs, mice, goats and more animals are poisoned by:
~  nasal-gastric tube
~  inhalation
~  injection

All are killed for tests HLS itself has called: "Only reliable 5-25% of the time." Multiple investigations have exposed HLS for:
~  U.S. Animal Welfare Act violations
~  Arrest of personnel on cruelty charges
~  600+ infringements of Good Laboratory Practice Laws in U.K.
~  Payoffs to the U.S. Agriculture Dept. for fraudulent records, animal welfare violations…

1997 - PRESENT: Leaked papers, staff testimonials, and undercover video show cruelty and inept science at HLS and its breeders. HLS has nearly closed, while straddled with a $100 million debt. But some financier always seems to bail them out. Currently, a $120 million US Bank loan sustains HLS. Though given proof of animal abuse and fraudulent records, US Bank backs this loan.


KINSHIP CIRCLE JOINS NATIONAL PROTEST AGINST US BANK & HLS
WHAT: Protest US Bank For Sustaining HLS With $120 Million Loan
WHERE: Washington DC, Executive Offices on Connecticut Ave.
RELATED ACTION ALERT: Target U.S. Bank - HLS Lender Lets Lab Keep Killing

Kinship Circle members march with activists from around the U.S., for a national protest against US Bank — currently the top debt relief source for Huntingdon Life Sciences.

Kinship Circle members (lt to rt: Brenda Shoss, Meg York, Elijah Ballard) join activists for a national protest against US Bank, currently the top financial lender for corrupt animal testing lab Huntingdon Life Sciences.

Kinship Circle leafleted with its new pamphlet, HUNTINGDON LIFE SCIENCES: CAUGHT, in Washington DC for a national protest. You can download this high-quality literature about HLS undercover investigations to pass out in your own city.

Kinship Circle's Jocelyn York (ctr) protests US Bank ties to Huntingdon Life Sciences. On either side of her are activists from DC-based D.A.R.T.T., the group that organized the demo.

Kinship Circle's Brenda Shoss protests in front of US Bank executive offices in Washington DC, as part of a national protest against the bank for bailing out Huntingdon Life Sciences with a $120 million loan. Behind her is Alex of Alliance For Medical Progress, an anti-vivisection group leading the campaign to end cat intubation drills for pediatric training at Washington University in St. Louis. Kinship Circle is supporting these efforts with action alerts, evidence-based facts for letters/writings, and protest strategies.

~  ACTION ALERT: Washington University - Top Med School Still Hurts Cats
~  ACTION ALERT: Target U.S. Bank - HLS Lender Lets Lab Keep Killing


Kinship Circle's Meg York (lt) protests alongside SAEN founder Michael Budkie and more activists at a national demo against US Bank financial ties to Huntingdon Life Sciences. Washington DC, July 2013, Kinship Circle

Elijah Ballard, 12 (lt), and Meg York (rt) represented Kinship Circle in a national protest outside US Bank executive offices in downtown Washington DC. US Bank saved Huntingdon Life Sciences from bankruptcy with a $120 million survival loan.

Animal rights activists visited the home of US Bank attorney Kevin McMillan on two consecutive nights — to let him know how they feel about US Bank's survival loan to corrupt animal testing lab Huntingdon Life Sciences. Though the home demos garnered strong police and secret service presence, they played out peacefully with no arrests or problems. Washington DC, July 2013, Kinship Circle


KINSHIP CIRLCE ALSO DEMOS AGAINST NAMIBIA SEAL SLAUGHTER
WHAT: Protest World's Second Largest Seal Massacre
WHERE: Washington DC, Republic of Namibia Embassy
RELATED ACTION ALERT: Ask Namibia to end this violent seal slaughter now.

~  ACTION: Tell Namibian officials that the seal cull is inhumane, illegal, unsustainable and must end.
Namibia Ombudsman
vboesak@ombudsman.org.na
ivanwyk@ombudsman.org.na
ecline@ombudsman.org.na

Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources
Hon. Minister Bernard Esau
besau@mfmr.gov.na

Ministry of Environment and Tourism
Hon. Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah
nnandi-ndaitwah@met.gov.na

SOURCE: Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

Namibia Seal Slaughter Protest: While in Washington DC, Kinship Circle also joined activists from D.A.R.T.T., Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and others to protest the world's second largest (after Canada) seal slaughter. Nursing Cape "Fur" Seal pups are are clubbed so severely, mother's milk oozes from their mouths as they slowly die. Some 85,000 seals are killed for markets in Australia and Asia.

~  Namibia Desert Seal Campaign
~  GET THE FACTS ABOUT NAMIBIA'S SEAL MASSACRE AT SEAL SHEPHERD SITE
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