June 16: HLS protesters call out Bayer for IG Farben past
Bayer, Novartis and Astra-Zenica are all customers of puppy-killing Huntingdon Life Sciences, a contract animal testing laboratory in New Jersey. On the 16th of June, all three received another round of protests at their combined DC lobbying headquarters at 701 Penn Ave NW. One protester, who happens to be Jewish, call out Bayer for their past as part of IG Farben-the maker of Zyklon B.
Bayer was one of 6 corporations which were merged to form I.G. Farben. The other founding members were BASF, Hoechst, Agfa,Chemische Fabrik Griesheim-Elektron, and Chemische Fab .
In addition, a Nazi war criminal named Fritz ter Meer became chairman of Bayer in 1956! He had just been released from 7 years in prison-for experimenting on humans at Auschwitz! Hew even went so far as to state publicly that experiments on prisoners at IG Farben did no harm because the prisoners would be killed anyway!
Revealing this sort of dirty laundry against Bayer has worked before-it’s how right-wing fundies kept Bayer from selling RU-486 in Europe, forcing the German government to produce and sell it instead. If Bayeer is this afraid of their Nazi past, this should also be enough to force them to DUMP HLS. According to animal rights protesters, the corporate attitides at Bayer have changed little since Fritz’s days at Auschwitz-dumping HLS could prove to the contrary.
One security guard seemed to take an unusual interest in videotaping protesters.