PETA to Bring Evidence of Covance Cruelty to Company Shareholders

Group Shows How Thousands of Animals Are Poisoned and Killed in Company’s Notorious Laboratories

For Immediate Release:
May 6, 2013

Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

Princeton, N.J. — If a picture is worth a thousand words, PETA will speak eloquently outside Covance’s annual meeting on Tuesday, when a group of PETA members will greet shareholders with posters emblazoned with graphic images of monkeys who were caged, poisoned, injured, and killed in Covance’s laboratories. The group with be protesting the contract-testing laboratory’s long history of neglecting, abusing, and killing dogs, monkeys, rabbits, and other animals.

When:    Tuesday, May 7, 7:30 a.m.

Where:  Princeton Marriott, 100 College Rd. E. (near the intersection with W. City Avenue), Princeton

Covance—whose CEO, Joseph Herring, came in second on PETA’s “Dirty Dozen” list of the 12 worst CEOs for animals in laboratories—is the world’s largest breeder of dogs for use in experiments, the biggest importer of primates into the U.S., and one of the largest contract-testing firms in the world. In Covance’s laboratories, thousands of animals are intentionally poisoned with experimental compounds in painful tests.

Covance has been cited for handling monkeys in a physically abusive manner, failing to provide sick and injured animals with veterinary care, and locking monkeys alone in tiny cages, where they are denied crucial contact with other monkeys. Covance has housed monkeys in such frigid conditions that they developed frostbite, and the company allowed a rabbit to be scalded to death when her cage was run through a high-temperature cage washer—while she was still locked inside.

“Covance shareholders should know that their company has been so neglectful that monkeys have developed frostbite, a rabbit was scalded to death, and sick animals were denied veterinary care,” says PETA Senior Vice President of Laboratory Investigations Kathy Guillermo. “It’s in the interest of shareholders—and animals—that this company use cutting-edge modern non-animal testing methods instead of poisoning dogs, monkeys, mice, and other animals.”

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