Ethical "Shoplifting": the Way Forward!

Following their success in helping to force NatWest to withdraw their money from Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS, suppliers of animals to the vivisection trade and target of animal rights protests), Manchester Animal Protection (MAP) have now adopted the well-established tactic of "ethical shoplifting". On Tuesday 27 February, they targetted stores in Liverpool, Wigan and Warrington removing all Glaxo Smithkline products from the shelves. (Glaxo Smithkline are possibly the single biggest factor in keeping HLS open.) Then MAP put all the trolleys together and one of them announced to shop customers how they might be helping to finance animal cruelty by purchasing products such as Lucozade and Ribena. In Liverpool a TV crew joined them and filmed the whole incident which was broadcast on the local 6pm news!

Similar success was had in Wigan and Warrington. A great day was had by all and more are planned, ring MAP for details.

Manchester Animal Protection (0845 456 2492,

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