FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2002
Michael Budkie - SAEN (513) 575-5517
Bill Lauterwasser - MFA (859) 781-1240
Barbara Stagno - IDA (914) 693-6559
Local, National Animal Groups Vow
To 'Escalate' Pressure on P&G at
Tuesday Shareholders Meeting
CINCINNATI - Animal rights activists will
be in the streets - and in the boardroom - at
Procter & Gamble's annual shareholders meeting Tuesday at 11a.m. at the
Aronoff Center for the Arts (650 Walnut St.).
No arrests are planned. But, activists
from local, regional and national
organizations say they plan to "escalate" worldwide protests against P&G
over the animal testing issue.
In fact, the original organizer of the international Boycott P&G
campaign 15 years ago - and the first to get
arrested at a P&G shareholders meeting - said
he is planning to undertake the campaign again if P&G resists ending
all animal testing.
"Nothing has changed since I left this campaign nearly a decade ago. As
far as I know P&G still puts chemicals into the eyes of
unanesthesized rabbits, squirts caustic
chemicals onto the exposed skin of guinea pigs and
still poisons rats, mice, and other species," said Michael Budkie.
Budkie - who coordinated a campaign that once involved protests in more
than 100 cities worldwide against P&G's animal testing - is now
the director of Cincinnati-based SAEN, an
international research watchdog organization.
Also speaking at the shareholders meeting will be Mercy for Animals'
Bill Lauterwasser, representing longtime P&G
foe In Defense of Animals. Among his comments,
Lauterwasser is expected to state:
"We will not turn our backs on P&G's cruelty. P&G's inertia to end
animal tests is deplorable and unjustified. We
are taking this opportunity to inform P&G that
compassionate people are tired of waiting. We are
escalating our efforts to protest P&G whenever and wherever
possible to make the world aware of the
thousands of animals who die needlessly in