Vancouver Animal Rights Campaigns (VARK)

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Vancouver Animal Defense League Targets Top Financial HLS Supporters

Monday 20th – 26th September

Financial Focus Week of Action:

Please Contact the Vancouver Animal Defense League for Dates, Time and    Locations


Target:  Keeping up the pressure on the vital financial targets, this week of action is for all companies linked to HLS financially – from Fortress to their subsidiary companies and more. There are targets around the world so please get involved!

Top Financial Targets:

• Fortress Investment Group (HLS’ loan provider)

• Nomura (own over 30% of Fortress)

• Ocean Finance (owned by Fortress)

• Rail America (a subsidiary company of Fortress)

• IntraWest (a subsidiary company of Fortress)

• GateHouse Media (a subsidiary company of Fortress)

Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) are the largest contract testing laboratory in Europe with labs all over the world. They have about 70,000 animals on site, including rabbits, cats, hamsters, dogs, guinea-pigs, birds and monkeys. These animals are destined to suffer and die in cruel, useless experiments.

HLS will test anything for anybody. They carry out experiments which involve poisoning animals with household products, pesticides, drugs, herbicides, food colourings and additives, sweeteners and genetically modified organisms. Every three minutes an animal dies inside Huntingdon totaling 500 innocent lives every single day.

Huntingdon Life Sciences is the most exposed laboratory in the world. In recent years they have been infiltrated and exposed at least seven separate times for disgusting animal cruelty and rule breaking. Each time horrific evidence of animal abuse and staff incompetence has been uncovered, including workers punching beagle puppies in the face.

The SHAC campaign was formed in November 1999 with the aim of closing down Europe’s largest animal testing lab Huntingdon Life Sciences.  The campaign is active all across Europe and North America.

The Vancouver Animal Defense League is organizing events in Vancouver during the World Financial Focus Week of Action.


There are two financial targets with offices in Vancouver.  Intrawest is fully owned by Fortress. Fortress loaned HLS $70 Million in 2006. HLS would have closed if they hadn’t and will likely close now if Fortress withdraws their loan.

This is Intrawest’s headquarters:

Vancouver (executive office)

Intrawest ULC.

Suite 710, 375 Water Street

Vancouver, BC V6B 5C6

Telephone: (604) 695-8200

Facsimile: (604) 695-8202

Bank of America is the third largest shareholder in Fortress.

1055 Dunsmuir Street

P.O. Box 49295

Vancouver, British Columbia

V7X 1L3

Tel: 1.604.684.7281






Filed under: Get Involved, Planned Events, Protests, Rallies

One Response

  1. Today is the first time I have heard of ( Vancouver Animal Defense League) Who do I speak with to professional help. I have dedicated my life to” preventing species extinction ” Please go to www and Jays cell 604-812-8109 (0) 604-926-3662.I introduced the concept and implemented the “Tsitika Windthrow” study that formed elements of the (Forest Practices Code Law) calling for trees to be left standing along streams, rivers and bio-diverse cooridors in logging settings.”To prevent resident species extinction” I also act as an expert for the Crown in defense of those laws. All the best. (Jay) John Carter PLEASE GET IN TOUCH

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