Written by Jeff Mackey
Update: As another
indicator of the decline in the demand for its cruel services, just one month
after Covance announced that it would be closing its animal-testing laboratory
in Chandler, Arizona, the company has announced that it will also be laying off 50 employees at its facility in Madison, Wisconsin, where thousands of primates and other
animals endure painful and lethal tests every year.
Just three years after it opened following a long battle
with PETA and local citizens, a laboratory owned by a notorious animal testing company,
Covance, in Chandler, Arizona, is closing
because of lack of demand for its cruel and deadly services.
Shutting Down Cruelty
When plans to build the Chandler facility were uncovered in
2005, PETA worked with outraged local residents to try to stop it and managed
to delay its construction. The world's largest contract testing laboratory,
Covance subjects animals to painful and deadly tests of cosmetics ingredients,
personal and household products, food additives, industrial chemicals, and
drugs. Covance is also the world's largest breeder of dogs and the largest U.S.
importer of primates to be tormented and killed in experiments.
censorship, word clearly got around about the horrendous cruelty found inside Covance's laboratories,
including physical and psychological abuse of primates and lack of veterinary
care for sick and injured animals.
The shutdown of the Arizona facility follows the 2010 closure of a Covance lab in Virginia, where shocking abuse of animals was exposed by a
investigation. Around that same time, Covance scrapped plans to build a massive facility elsewhere in Virginia that PETA had urged officials
… But Keeping Up the
These closures will save countless monkeys, dogs, rabbits, mice, rats, and other animals
from suffering, but Covance is still in business, so PETA's work goes on, including
a recent protest at the
company's annual meeting, where PETA also presented a resolution
calling on the company to make animal welfare improvements.
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here. If you are reporting an animal in imminent danger and know where to find the
animal and if the abuse is taking place right now, please call your local
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