09 May 2006

An Open Letter

An email I sent today to animal rights activists, following reports they have circulated this letter to shareholders in GlaxoSmithKline:
Dear Sir/Madam,

I read with interest your letter to shareholders of GSK, published in The Financial Times today, and I would like to ask, what do you hope to achieve from your actions? If it is the sale of GSK shares, leading to their devaluation, it will not work, the shares can simply be transferred to nominees and held on a bare trust. If is to publish the names and addresses of shareholders in GSK, then that also will not work, as this information is already available from Companies House.

Animal research saves lives. It is thanks to research on animals that we can control diabetes, fit artificial pacemakers and administer chemotherapy to cancer sufferers. Many more advances in medicine have also been made thanks to animal research, and you are truly saying the world would be a better place without it?

I look forward to your response,

Gavin Whenman
If you want to get in touch with them, their email is gskshareholder1860@hotmail.com
If you would like to support animal research in another way, you can sign up to the People's Petition.

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