PETA Statement: Covance Monkey Deaths

For Immediate Release:
June 20, 2019

Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

Madison, Wis. – Please see the following statement from PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo concerning the deaths of two monkeys at Covance:

Federal documents PETA just obtained reveal that Covance Laboratories workers are so inept that two monkeys had to be euthanized for orthopedic injuries caused by improper handling. Covance has a long history of violations, and PETA video from as far back as 2005 shows angry workers who mistreat these sensitive primates. Clearly, nothing has improved. If Covance workers can’t even handle monkeys without fatally injuring them, they should be investigated for cruelty to animals and not simply slapped on the wrist by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. PETA will request a criminal investigation by law-enforcement officials.

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