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Thanks to Garin Groff and the East Valley Tribune for this article on Covance closing in Chandler. So Covance refuses offers from animal protection groups to retire animals to sanctuaries? It’s an unfortunate, but not unexpected response from this company.
Covance has an abysmal track record in many areas and has repeatedly attempted to paint itself as something it is not. Covance is a private lab that does animal testing for its clients, and is the largest breeder of dogs and largest importer of primates for research in the United States. It is not exclusively a medical research firm, as it often represents. On the contrary, its customers include manufacturers of tobacco, toxic, hazardous household products, and pesticides. In 1998, Covance conducted tobacco-industry sponsored studies concluding that even extreme exposures to secondhand smoke were safe for humans. These results contrasted with the Surgeon General’s reports that secondhand smoke substantially increases the risks for lung cancer and heart disease. And at a tobacco industry conference in 2005, Covance gave a presentation titled "How Can Covance Support R&D Needs of the Tobacco Industry?"
Based upon how Covance moved into Chandler (and moved out almost as quickly) using misleading tactics and false promises, it seems that Covance’s ethics have not evolved much since their tobacco promoting days.
May 9, 2012
Covance built its large animal testing facility in Chandler despite valid concerns from residents and animal protection groups, and now thankfully, is shutting down its local operation.
The concern among animal protection advocates was not about pharmaceutical testing on animals, which is required by federal law. More than a dozen animal research facilities are currently registered in Arizona. Some of those facilities have had violations or problems over the years. None has a track record to rival Covance. As opposed to Arizona's medical research facilities, Covance is a private lab that does animal testing for its clients. As the largest breeder of dogs and largest importer of primates for research in the United States, Covance's clients include manufacturers of tobacco, toxic, hazardous and corrosive household products, and pesticides.
Covance and its predecessors also have a history of serious Animal Welfare Act violations including physical abuse of monkeys. In addition to animal welfare violations, Covance and its predecessors have repeatedly imported infectious and dangerous diseases into the United States, and is the only animal testing facility to have brought Ebola into the United States. Not once, but three times.
In order to gain the trust of the community, Covance misrepresented its role and history of serious federal animal welfare and infectious disease violations. The company promised to "be a boon to the area's economy" and "help to create hundreds of stable, well-paying jobs."
Now, after just three years, Covance is closing its facility, leaving nothing but thousands of animal carcasses, laid-off employees, and city leaders duped by empty promises from a company that never should have been trusted.May 5, 2012
Senator Ron Gould, who has one of the worst records in the legislature on animal protection measures, clearly does not support his local animal shelter or lowering costs to taxpayers in his own community and rural counties throughout Arizona.
Read more at http:www.adlaz.org/Gould.htm
Apr 5, 2011
If Ms. Turley-Hansen had really 'done her homework' and read the language of Prop 109, I doubt she would support it.
Prop 109 is a blatant power grab by politicians. This measure was referred to the ballot by the Arizona Legislature and would give the legislature “exclusive” authority over wildlife issues. The politicians who wrote and support Prop 109 are intent on preventing voters or professional wildlife scientists from having a say over wildlife protection policies. This vague, poorly-written measure could even It could even repeal the ban on leghold traps and poisons on public lands passed by voters in 1994.
Prop 109 is clearly a bad idea from an inept legislature.
Oct 9, 2010