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This petition has been started by Occupy for Animals on December 29, 2012


AstraZeneca plc is a British-Swedish multinational pharmaceutical and biologics company headquartered in London, United Kingdom. It is the world's fifth-largest pharmaceutical company measured by 2009 prescription drug sales (after Pfizer, Novartis, Sanofi, and GlaxoSmithKline) and has operations in over 100 countries, including research facilities in Södertälje, Sweden.

Like every pharmaceutical company, AstraZeneca conducts experiments on animals. According to AstraZeneca's own website, in 2011 AstraZeneca has used approximately 398,000 animals, including those used by external contract research organisations on their behalf. Approximately 76% (302,480) were rodents, 22% (87,560) were fish and the remaining 2% (7,960) included chickens, dogs, rabbits, ferrets, primates, pigs, goats and sheep.

In 2010, AstraZeneca "used" 429,000 animals and in 2009, 410,000 animals were "used" for the purpose of testings and experiments.

In February 2012, Swedish newspapers announced that Anglo-Swedish pharmaceuticals giant AstraZeneca is closing its research facilities in Södertälje, south of Stockholm, as part of a major restructuring, resulting in the loss of around 1,000 Swedish jobs. Over the past two years, the big pharmaceutical giant divested much of its operations in Sweden and this has also affected their laboratory facilities and experimental animal activities.

Since then, the future of the Beagles that are currently still being held in their kennels outside Örkelljunga, is uncertain given that the pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca has consistently refused to give the dogs a chance of a new life, by releasing them into the care of skilled and engaged people who have offered to adopt them.

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By signing our petition, the message that you can read below, will instantly be sent to the decision makers at AstraZeneca.

In addition to signing the petition, you can also send a personal, polite message to AstraZeneca, at the following addresses:,

and/or call AstraZeneca, asking that the dogs be released, and not sent to vivisection for further painful experiments.

Phone numbers:

+46 8 553 260 00
+46 8 553 260 20

Thank you!

Letter to
Decision makers AstraZeneca
Decision makers AstraZeneca
Subject: please set the Beagles free!

Ladies and Gentlemen,

we have learned from the Swedish organisation Animal Rights Alliance, through their campaign "Låt Astrahundarna leva!" that the future of the experimental dogs that are currently still being held in your kennel in Rååhöjdens, outside Örkelljunga, is uncertain, given that you have consistently refused to give the dogs a chance of a new life by releasing them into the care of skilled and engaged people who have offered to adopt them.

We have also learned that - after reconsideration - you have scrapped your plans to kill these unfortunate dogs who were born into a life of over stimulation, abuse and exploitation, and that you intend to sell them to painful animal experiments in the UK instead.

We beg you to give these dogs THE chance of their life. Please set them free and give them in the care of the good people who have offered to adopt them so that they can experience the joy of having a loving family - something they have been deprived of their entire life.

Although unwillingly, these poor unfortunate souls have served you loyally until now. Please have mercy on them and set them free. They have suffered enough in your laboratories at the hands of your scientists; please let them live out the rest of their lives in peace, surrounded by the love of the caring families that await them.

The world is watching and is following your company's decision in this matter. Please make the humane choice and show the world that you are capable of compassion, too.

We thank you very much in advance and we wish you, your loved ones, and the entire staff at AstraZeneca a very happy New Year.