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Covance Lays Off Employees

Written by PETA | June 26, 2012

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.

Despite media 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 PETA undercover investigation. Around that same time, Covance scrapped plans to build a massive facility elsewhere in Virginia that PETA had urged officials to reject.

… But Keeping Up the Pressure

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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  • Donna Nance says:

    The most disgusting, cruel, inhumane, obscene torture, sadistic treatment of intelligent and totally helpless animals made me sick at my stomach. Compounded by your employees rage filled rants toward the animal’s response to pain, nausea, restriction of movement filled me with such shame that an American company would participate in this horrific display….Bankruptcy, Closures and financial loss is actually not enough…I think you should be prosecuted…

  • Richard says:

    THANK YOU PETA YOUR HELPING TO MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Huntersmommybb says:

    OMG I ALMOST GOT A JOB HERE!!!! I had a phone interview with them and they kept asking if I had affiliation with animal rescue groups. I told them I worked with a pitbull rescue and that I followed PETA! I never heard back from them and I know this is why!!! Thank god for me seeing this!

  • Jennifer says:

    Please keep us updated asa to where the animals will go.

  • Julie Pridgen says:

    THIS IS NOT RIGHT !! THIS IS THE MOST INHUMANE THING ON THIS EARTH AND IT NEEDS TO STOP NOW!! EVERYTHING THAT IS BEING TESTED ON THESE ANIMALS IS SENSELESS.

  • renee wines says:

    close your disgusting animal lab!

  • renee wines says:

    close your disgusting animal lab!

  • ELENA CATRINA says:

    HUMAN SCUMBAGS CALLED SCIENTISTS! THEY SHOULD PROTECT LIVES,NOT TAKE THEM! SUCH MURDERERS MUST STAY BEHIND JAIL BARS!

  • Yvonne Fast says:

    Fantastic news!!!!!! Thanks for sharing. Now the rest have to go the same way. The fight is not over until they all are history!

  • Jade Simpson says:

    We need to keep it up, by not buying their products, objecting loudly to animal testing and let them know we are aware of viable alternate non animal tests.

  • Linda says:

    This is good news!

  • Dona says:

    HALLELUJAH! Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Hah!

  • Mimi says:

    This truly is wonderful. I also found this article that Kellogg is contracting with Covance to test food additives. They will set up in Battle Creek Michigan. Think about this if they have to test food additives on a poor animal why would you eat their products if they can cause harm? I sent Kellogg an email in reference to Covance. Once the public finds out about what Kellogg is doing contracting with Covance just like Arizona that to will most likely close…

  • keith says:

    This is a move or step in the right direction, but ! I have just been reading the web site of this horrid company they still look financially viable to my untrained accountants eyes though.