United Poultry Concerns March 3, 2003
Chickens Liberated from Maryland Lab
Received Anonymously by supportive aboveground groups in the US:

"In the early morning hours of February 27, 2003, the ALF liberated 115 chickens from Merial* Select Laboratory (10026 Main Street, Berlin, MD, 21811, Phone 410 641-2060, Fax 410-641-0768).

"In the midst of a snowstorm, we made our way to the animal housing units. Using crowbars and boltcutters, we bypassed the alarmed doors by prying and cutting our way through the window panes and wire mesh. After crawling into several barns, we loaded 115 baby chicks into carriers and brought them to safety. They have been taken to temporary housing to live in a period of isolation to ensure that the possible diseases they have been infected with do not spread to others. Afterwards, they will be moved to permanent homes to live freely.

"Merial Labs will tell you their research into new vaccines is "helping" animals. The truth is, they are creating vaccines to maximize an animal's commodification of life.

"Countless animal research facilities commit their atrocities in Maryland, but Merial was targeted specifically because they are a client of Huntingdon Life Sciences. Any friend of HLS is an enemy of the ALF. We know who their clients are. We are out there, and you're next.

Until all are free . . .
The Animal Liberation Front"

UPC Editor's Note: Merial, which is a joint venture between the pharmaceutical companies Merck and Aventis, owns the third largest broiler chicken company in the world, Hubbard/ISA. Merial also owns
British United Turkeys Limited and extends internationally from the U.S. to China. Berlin Maryland is on the Eastern Shore, one of the largest poultry-producing areas in the United States comprising the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Virginia and the state of Delaware. This area, dominated by Perdue, Tyson, ConAgra, and other poultry companies, is called the Delmarva Peninsula.

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