Barr Pharmaceuticals, Inc., was a holding company with two
main subsidiaries, Barr Laboratories, Inc., and
Duramed Pharmaceuticals, that focused on generic and proprietary drugs,
respectively. Barr and Duramed developed, manufactured, and marketed more than
2005 Resolution: 'Give the Animals 5'
With the help of PETA supporters who held stock in Barr
Pharmaceuticals, a resolution was filed in the fall of 2004 calling on the
company to "Give
the Animals 5"—replace five crude and cruel animal tests with
state-of-the-art and scientifically valid non-animal methods that were already
in use in other countries.
Despite Barr's response that "[w]e follow a
policy that includes identifying, developing and using alternatives to
laboratory animal testing whenever
possible," Barr recommended that its shareholders vote against our
resolution. PETA's resolution was voted on at Barr's annual meeting, garnering
approximately 1.25 million shares.
2006 Resolution: Animal Welfare Policy
In 2006, PETA filed a resolution with
Barr Laboratories calling on the company to develop and make publicly accessible an animal welfare policy that would
include reducing the numbers of animals used and ensuring that social and
behavioral enrichment measures were implemented for the animals used both
in-house and at contract testing laboratories.
resolution was largely the result of the horrors uncovered in
the independent contract testing laboratory Covance
Inc., whose officials boasted that their clients included "just about every major company
around the world."
Barr Laboratories challenged PETA's resolution
at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), claiming that the resolution
should be excluded because it concerned substantially the same subject matter
as the 2005 resolution, which did not receive the required 3 percent of the
vote to be reintroduced. The SEC ruled in Barr's favor, and PETA's animal
welfare policy resolution did not appear in Barr's proxy materials that year.
In 2008, Barr Pharmaceuticals was acquired by
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, a non-U.S. entity.
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