Urge the UK to Ban Export of Execution Drug to the U.S.
Update: British Business Secretary Vince Cable has agreed to ban the export of lethal injection drugs to the U.S. A shortage of a drug used in lethal injections has disrupted executions in the U.S. and the country's sole manufacturer of the drug says it won't have more supply until next year. In the meantime, states have obtained the drug from British manufacturers. Allowing the export of a drug for use in lethal injections is a clear violation of the British government's position on the death penalty. In November, Vince Cable, the British Secretary of State for Business Innovation & Skills, refused to block the export of sodium thiopental for executions, despite a law clearly granting him this power. The U.K. already bans the export of guillotines and tools used in gas chambers and electrocutions. The issue is now before U.K. courts, but please sign the letter below to urge Cable to change his position and ban the drug's export for executions.
Urge Drug-Maker Hospira To Stop Supplying Lethal Injections
Executions are on hold in several states as supplies of key drug used in lethal injections have dried up, and the maker of the drug has a chance to stand up against what it sees as a twisted use of its product. Hospira, the manufacturer of lethal-injection drug sodium thiopental, has said it does not support the drug's use in lethal injections. Send a letter to Hospira CEO Christopher Begley urging him to use this opportunity to announce that his company will no longer supply the drug to state corrections departments for use in lethal injections.