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Pfizer Violates Animals’ Rights.

Posted in General news, Animal Testing by Glô! on the December 27th, 2006

Pfizer’s Rights Violations.

[1] Nonhuman Rights Violations.

Pfizer is a major customer of HLS, the largest contract vivisection lab in Europe, responsible for exploiting, torturing and killing 500 nonhumans a day.

Pfizer-Sandwich Ltd, in Kent, UK, breed as well nonhumans to be used in experiments. The drug Viagra was tested on beagles at their lab in Kent. The experiment involved mutilating dogs’ genitalia and was described as part of an on-going study into how the drug worked: at the time, the drug was already undergoing human trials. The dogs were killed at the end of the experiment.

[3] Human Rights violations.

Pfizer manufactures BEXTRA which is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. It was approved by the FDA in nov 2001 to treat osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and the severe pain associated with menstrual cramping. Pfizer and the FDA were negotiating the inclusion of a black box warning (FDA’s highest alert category) on all Bextra labeling to disclose info about the risks of developing serious skin diseases caused by taking this drug. Other side-effects include cardiovascular risks, heart attack, stroke, toxic epidermal necrolysis, stevens-johnson syndrome.

Sources:

[1] Pfizer-Sandwitch Ltd
[2] Animal testing :
  . Pfizer.com
  . Buav.org
  . BBC.co.uk
  . Buav Campaigns
  . Welsh Association of licenced Kennels
[3] viagra side effects :
  . adrugrecall.com
  . Wikipedia
[4] Bextra
  . a drugrecall.com

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Pfizer Heart Drug widthdrawn From Trials

Posted in Animal Testing by Glô! on the December 26th, 2006

Deaths Halt Development Of Pfizer Heart Drug

On the 02/12, Pfizer, the world’s biggest pharmaceutical company, confirmed the widthdrawal of a new cholesterol- lowering drug, called TORCETRAPIB, from trials, due to an increase rate of mortality from heart attacks and strokes in a trial involving 15,000 patients.

This drug, which was combined with LIPITOR (Atorvastatin calcium) was supposed to raise the levels of good cholesterol in the bloodstream, but in earlier trials it had shown signs of raising blood pressure slightly, which is a risk factor for both heart disease and stroke.

After 15 years of research and $800 million spent to develop this drug, pfizer is in the process of asking the clinical investigators to inform the patients to Stop taking the study medication immediately.

At its recent research and development meeting, Pfizer had highlighted that the results


gathered from the trials and research looked very promising.

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SPEAK trial postponed

Posted in General news by Glô! on the December 20th, 2006

SPEAK Dec 19th court case Postponed

The contempt proceedings against the SPEAK co-founders, Robert Cogswell and Mel Broughton, who were supposed to be heard in the High Court on the 19 of December to answer charges on breaching an injunction forbidding them from naming the builder involved in constructing the vivisection Lab at Oxford University, have been adjourned until sometime early in the new year. A date hasnt been fixed yet.
SPEAK insists that this is a fundamental breach of their right to free speech as, if they are unable to name the contractor who is involved in the construction of this lab, how can they register a complaint against this company?
A peaceful protest which had been planned to support the
Speak founders -now referred as the SPEAK TWO – outside the High Court in London’s Strand in defence of the right to free speech and free assembly was cancelled with a short notice and Speak expressed their apology and stated that “ we must look on this adjournment as a positive development”.
We’ll end this article by quoting Mr Cogswell’s views on this trial: “We cannot be ‘rehabilitated’, we will not denounce what we believe, and our temporary physical removal will not win them the debate. Such an outcome would merely increase our resolve in the struggle.”

More info on SPEAK website.

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Speak trial due on the 19/12

Posted in General news by Glô! on the December 18th, 2006

SPEAK Founders Face Imprisonment

Mel Broughton and Robert Cogswell, both founders of SPEAK, are facing imprisonment.

In order to continue the violation of human and nonhuman animal rights that Oxford University practises, the latter is seeking to imprison Mel Broughton and Robert Cogswell, both founders of SPEAK.

Under what charges, may you ask? Under the charge of speaking out against a science that is corrupted, inefficient, a science that does not progress, a science that violates both human and nonhuman rights. Vivisection is a fraudulent practise and a rights violation. That’s the message that SPEAK is trying to put forward with their campaign. Speak have on a number of
occasions exposed the University of publishing false information and spreading propaganda to the public about the University’s new vivisection Lab project. No wonder that the Oxford Lab – founded by the English Government - is trying to silence them.

Robert Cogswell and Mel Broughton have been charged with no offence as they have committed no illegal act, and yet will appear before the High Court on the 19th December on contempt of Court charges, which could lead to the two founders of SPEAK being given jail terms.

These proceedings started when the Speak campaign went public with the name of the construction company dealing with the Oxford Lab, although this name still appears in news service websites and is well known to the public.

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