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Petitioning Charles River Laboratories Board of Directors and 11 others

The labs using animals for testing, air lines that transport live cargo: Please, dismiss CEOs listed below, replaced by those who respect animals

Pharmaceutical firms, chemical companies, contract testing facilities, and some cosmetics manufacturers are bad news for millions of animals locked in their laboratories. But when it comes to cruelty, some cause even more pain and misery than others.
To name the worst of the worst they had to fill the next criteria: the number of animals the companies killed, the most painful and invasive experiments conducted, how far they lag behind industry animal protection standards, their refusal to use available non-animal test methods, and their appalling histories of federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA) violations.

This dirty must be dismissed from their office and be replaced with such CEOs who understand the suffering and torture of the test animals and who promote the testing dome be humane meas. The devil's dozen is:

1. James C. Foster, Charles River Laboratories
Charles River supplies one of every two animals used in experimentation—which means that the company has a hand in fully half of all the pain, misery, fear, and distress endured by animals in laboratories. The company is the second-largest importer of nonhuman primates into the U.S., bringing in thousands of monkeys who have been stolen from their homes in the wild or bred on decrepit monkey factory farms.

2. Joseph Ferring, Covance
As the world's largest breeder of dogs destined for suffering and pain in experiments—and as the biggest importer of primates for experimental purposes in the U.S.—Covance and its chief executing officer, Joseph Herring, peddle misery and death. Covance is a contract testing company that tests everything from drugs to industrial chemicals to cosmetics ingredients for client companies.

3. Sheri McCoy, Avon 
For more than two decades, Avon had been one of the largest and well-known companies on PETA's cruelty-free cosmetics list. But PETA recently learned that when Avon decided to expand its business into China, the company started paying for tests in which chemicals are dripped into rabbits' eyes and rubbed onto animals' bare skin. Avon did not challenge the Chinese government's demand for painful animal tests—which only duplicate safety information already gleaned from non-animal tests—but simply rolled over and paid for the tests.

4.  Kenneth C. Frazier, Merck
Every year, pharmaceutical multinational Merck subjects tens of thousands of animals—including dogs, monkeys, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, sheep, rats, and mice—to cruel and painful experiments in which they are poisoned, infected, mutilated, and killed. Animals are force-fed massive quantities of Merck's experimental drugs—even though the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) admits that 92 percent of all drugs that are shown to be safe and effective in animal tests fail or cause harm in human trials.

5. Takeshi KC Yamakawa, Shin Nippon Biomedical Laboratories USA
Takeshi Yamakawa is the CEO of Shin Nippon Biomedical Laboratories (SNBL) USA, Ltd., a contract testing laboratory that torments tens of thousands of primates, dogs, rabbits, and other animals every year in painful and lethal experiments to test products for other companies. SNBL also imports hundreds of primates into the U.S. every year.

6. Mike Addy, Tier 1 Group, LLC 
Mike Addy is the CEO of the notorious military training contractor Tier 1 Group, LLC, which became the poster child for the military's cruel war on animals when PETA released a horrific undercover video of a trauma training drill conducted by the company for the U.S. Coast Guard. The footage showed live goats who had their limbs broken and cut off with tree trimmers, their organs yanked out, and their abdomens stabbed while they moaned and kicked in apparent pain.

7. Edison Liu, The Jackson Laboratory
The three blind mice of the nursery rhyme had it easy compared to the millions of mice who are bred, experimented on, and sold to other laboratories each year by The Jackson Laboratory (JAX). JAX genetically manipulates mice to be predisposed to developing cancerous tumors, to becoming obese, to having depressed immune systems, to experiencing high levels of anxiety and depression, and to developing crippling diseases and other debilitating ailments. JAX has also bred mice who become paralyzed in one or more limbs.

8. Lamberto Andreotti, Bristol-Myers Squibb 
Each year, pharmaceutical giant Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) torments and kills tens of thousands of animals—including dogs, nonhuman primates, rabbits, hamsters, and guinea pigs—in cruel and painful tests in which they have experimental drugs forced down their throats. According to annual reports filed with the federal government, some dogs and monkeys who are used in painful experiments at BMS are intentionally not given any pain relief at all. According to former Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt, nine out of 10 experimental drugs that appear promising in animal tests go on to fail in human clinical trials

9. Alexandre de Juniac, Air France
While not a testing laboratory itself, Air France is one of the last airlines in the world to still accept blood money to transport primates to deadly fates in laboratories. Each year, it ships some of the tens of thousands of nonhuman primates who are ripped from their homes in the wild or bred on squalid monkey factory farms and flown around the world to be abused and killed in cruel and painful experiments

10. Ian C. Read, Pfizer
Every year, Pfizer subjects huge numbers of animals to cruel and lethal experiments. In 2011, Pfizer experimented on nearly 50,000 animals—including 2,557 dogs, 1,159 primates, 452 cats, 7,076 guinea pigs, 31,560 hamsters, 5,512 rabbits, 1,680 gerbils, and 161 horses—in its own laboratories. More than 15,000 of these animals were forced to endure painful experiments, and more than 6,000 were denied pain relief. These numbers don't even include mice and rats or any of the animals tormented for Pfizer experiments in contract testing laboratories.


11. Scott Marshall, Marshall Farms Group Ltd. 
Marshall Farms is one of the world's largest breeders of beagles, ferrets, minipigs, and hound dogs for sale to experimentation laboratories. The company also sells blood, blood products, and tissue derived from animals. With facilities in the U.S., Europe, China, Japan, South Korea, and India, Marshall is a global purveyor of misery and death.

12. Martin J. Barrington, Altria (parent company of Philip Morris) 
For decades, Big Tobacco used misleading tests on animals—and ignored what was clear from studies on humans—to claim that cigarettes were not harmful to human health. These days, Philip Morris, the number one cigarette manufacturer in the U.S., continues to abuse and kill animals voluntarily to develop new ingredients and products even though the tests are not required, superior non-animal methods exist, and the health risks of tobacco are well known.

The world consciousness has woken up, and we cannot look away any more. The man or the woman on the top creates the atmosphere for their employees, and even they would not want to hurt the animals, they are obliged to do by working for those companies. The world wants a change for the better. We want the animals not to suffer, the breeding for testing stopped, the live cargo air fright to stop and put an end to all laboratory testing for live animals.There are sufficient compensating alternatives available, and they do not need food and water, nor do they cry out in pain.

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Letter to
Charles River Laboratories Board of Directors
Marshall Farms Group Ltd. Board of Directors
Pfizer Board of Directors
and 9 others
Air France Board of Directors
Bristol-Myers Squibb Board of Directors
The Jackson Laboratory Board of Directors
Tier 1 Group, LLC Board of Directors
Shin Nippon Biomedical Laboratories USA Board of Directors
Merck Board of Directors
Avon Board of Directors
Covance Board of Directors
Altria (parent company of Philip Morris) Board of Directors
Please, dismiss CEOs listed below and replaced by those who respect animals

The world consciousness has reached such a level that you cannot close your eyes from it. Every day new headlines expose one or the other company for using animals for testing, and mostly with poor results, when talking about human medicines. We want conscientious, trustworthy CEOs to run the afore mentioned companies and to ensure that animal testing will be history. just like transporting as air cargo crates full of primates et al. to testing laboratories.

The animals suffer immeasurably some even don't live through the fligt, they are so scared. The tests they are submitted to are torturous, inhumane, pain relief intentionally "forgotten". The animals live in constant fear and panic, and they are badly traumatized, and have even died of stress. We plead you to stop this by dismissing your current CEOs and replacing them by people who can understand the need for new procedures and for stopping animal testing.

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