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Animal rights protest at Shell station

PUBLISHED: 15:43 31 July 2001 | UPDATED: 15:16 03 March 2010

ANIMAL rights activists launched a protest against a petrol company's alleged involvement with controversial East Anglian laboratory Huntingdon Life Sciences.

ANIMAL rights activists launched a protest against a petrol company's alleged involvement with controversial East Anglian laboratory Huntingdon Life Sciences.

Members of Ipswich Animal Rights and Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty joined forces at Shell's petrol station, at Woodbridge Road East, Ipswich as part of a day of protests across the country on Saturday.

Protesters armed with whistles and banners called for drivers to boycott Shell as they distributed informative leaflets depicting tortured animals.

Helen Brand, of Ipswich Animal Rights stressed that the protest, which involved around ten protesters, was a peaceful one.

"We are protesting by handing out leaflets to people as they leave the garage as we want people to boycott Shell.

"Unfortunately we can't give out leaflets as people actually enter the garage because it is too dangerous."

Helen Brand said that pharmaceutical companies Glaxo Wellcome and SmithKline Beecham had previously been targets of similar protests.

"We want to raise people's general awareness of the situation by peacefully protesting. We are not interested in causing any great disturbance.

"People have been very receptive and drivers have taken our leaflets" she added.

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