"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
"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
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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