A curious journey from a minor web search looking for arrested Greenpeace activists on Tuesday in Cincinnati led to more discoveries of lost local knowledge like taking a bat to a palm tree or a tiger by the tail.
In 2005 Stephanie Wilson and Donald Antenen, who represented SHAC (Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty)were arrested for their LEGAL home demonstration.
Their target was a Forest Pharmaceuticals employee. Both had been charged with misdemeanor “Menace By Stalking” for appearing outside the home of an employee to denounce their form of employment. Not unlike the Klu Klux Klan’s night riders and torch brigades but for saving cute and defenseless furry animals.
According to a SHACs promotional video, activists cited 500 animal deaths per day. US Bank in 2001 was also then named as a major financial backer for the scientific testing on animals.
“U.S. Bancorp unit is a lender to Huntingdon Life Sciences, a U.K.-based research facility that helps makers of pharmaceuticals, chemicals, cosmetics and other products assess the safety of their wares,” American Banker reported in 2001.
How else could products be made for budding psychopaths and serial killers?
This was no more evident in the display from the PNG Building Towers (Procter and Gamble) where Greenpeace unfurled their two massive banners decrying the use of palm oil in shampoo products created by Procter and Gamble in the Head and Shoulder’s and domestic brand items.
Nine Greenpeace activists will be arraigned tomorrow at 9am, Room A:
- Charles Long, 34, of Oakland, Calif.
- Sean O’Brien, 22, of Oakland, Calif.
- Tyler Wilkerson, 26, of San Diego, Calif.
- Nima Shahidi, 29, of Fallston, Md.
- Mike Herbert, 30, of Chicago, Ill.
- Jesse Coleman, 28, of Washington D.C.
- Marcella Larges, 28, of Baltimore, Md.
- Denise Rodriguez, 20, of Corona, N.Y.
- Tyler Sanville, 28, of Santa Cruz, Calif.
Now the issue is the use of palm oil. Use of palm oil is consumer wide and further spread into everyday products. This leads to the inevitable destruction of the habitable rainforest zones of orangutan, tiger and Sumatran rhino. Rainforest is chopped down to harvest clearing for palm oil tree farming as a cheaper alternative to harsher chemical additives.
Capitalism’s cold and cruel view of the resource based economy knows that the Earth landscape’s inevitable managed decline makes profit. However, as the ancient saying goes one day soon ‘capitalists will understand they cannot eat money’ and survive on Earth no matter how hard they try.
Officials will seek all available legal means to charge the Greenpeace activists, like the aforementioned SHAC duo, with as many crimes as the Cincinnati Police can stick in their manilla folder.
Supporters plan to assemble early at the Hamilton County Ohio Justice Center for the 9am arraignment hearing, Room A and the Cincinnati Council city hall meeting at 2pm to decry the misuse of the police resources.
In the search for the Hamilton County Justice Center’s non-automated 24-hour assistance line to find out about the Greenpeace arrests, 2005 SHAC arrests were discovered along with Huntington Life Sciences. No matter how hard the financial interests push against the people, the people will always find a way to get out their message no matter how hard they try.
Since 1997, SHAC has opposed all animal cruelty in scientific testing and in the past history had an interest in the Cincinnati area testing products for PNG.
In September 2010, Forest Laboratories, Inc. and Forest Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (a subsidiary of Forest Laboratories) agreed to pay more than US $313 million to resolve allegations of civil and criminal liability related to felony obstruction of justice, and the illegal distribution and promotion of pharmaceuticals, charges to which it plead guilty.
One of the pharmaceutical-related charges was a misdemeanor charge of illegally promoting the drugs Celexa and Lexapro for unapproved pediatric uses in treating juvenile depression. The other drug-related charge was a misdemeanor charge of distributing the unapproved drug Levothroid in violation of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA). Officials were certain of the criminal activities revealed with the help of company whistle-blowers, who received US $14 million from the federal component of the settlement for restitution.
On 13 May 2010, ABC news and Bloomberg business news reported, after the US $313 million dollar judgment Forest Pharmaceuticals “dodges taxes” by moving its profits offshore with the currently legal practice known as transfer pricing. U.S. Senator Carl Levin of Michigan has called transfer pricing “the corporate equivalent to secret offshore accounts of individual tax dodgers.”
Forest Laboratories partner products created with possible animal misery inside:
- AeroBid (flunisolide inhaler) for allergic rhinitis
- Armour Thyroid (thyroid tablets) for hypothyroidism and pituitary TSH suppression
- Bystolic (nebivolol) for hypertension
- Campral (acamprosate calcium) for maintenance of abstinence from alcohol in patients with alcohol dependence
- Celexa (citalopram hydrobromide) for depression (developed by Lundbeck)
- Cervidil (dinoprostone vaginal insert) for the initiation and/or continuation of cervical ripening in certain patients
- Combunox (oxycodone hydrochloride/ibuprofen) for the short-term management of acute moderate-to-severe pain
- Daliresp (roflumilast) for reduction of COPD exacerbations in patients with severe COPD
- Fetzima (levomilnacipran extended release) for depression
- Lexapro (escitalopram oxalate) for depression and generalized anxiety disorder (developed in cooperation with Lundbeck)
- Levothroid (levothyroxine sodium) for hypothyroidism and pituitary TSH suppression
- Linzess (linaclotide) for constipation-predominant irritable bowel syndrome and chronic idiopathic constipation
- Monurol (fosfomycin tromethamine) for certain urinary tract infections
- Namenda and Namenda XR (memantine hydrochloride) for moderate-to-severe Alzheimer’s disease
- Savella (milnacipran hydrochloride) for fibromyalgia
- Teflaro (ceftaroline fosamil) for acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections and community-acquired pneumonia caused by susceptible bacteria
- Tiazac (diltiazem hydrochloride) for hypertension and chronic stable angina pectoris
- Thyrolar (liotrix) for hypothyroidism and pituitary TSH suppression
- Tudorza Pressair (aclidinium bromide inhalation powder) for COPD
- Viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) for depression
Corporations which contract test out to Huntingdon Life Sciences include: Abbott Laboratories, AstraZeneca, Bayer, Baxter International, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Dow Chemical Company, GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, Monsanto, Novartis, Pfizer, Roche, Syngenta and Sanofi-Aventis.
Currently, HLS stock still trades on the OTC Bulletin Board (OTCBB) under the symbol LSRI. Chairman and CEO Andrew H. Baker, owns 27% of HLS stock, fronted the company $43 million in June of 2005. However, HLS still reported a $75.9 million debt after the cash infusion.
Two of HLS’s directors are based in third world countries. Shareholders meetings are held secretly in Panama.
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