Covance: good news and bad news-Chandler, AZby Karyn Zoldan on May. 10, 2012, under Animal Cruelty, Animal News
The good news is Covance is closing their controversial animal testing facility in Chandler.
The bad news is they will not relinquish the animals for adoption or to sanctuaries but instead send them to other facilities for further use or they will be euthanized.
You may or may not remember the many protests from Chandler residents and animal activists when Covance announced it was coming to Chandler.
According to this document Covance has a history of deception, disease outbreak, violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act, and alleged violations of the federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act that prompted an investigation by the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Covance needs to dispose of approximately 250,000 animal carcasses each year. The most feasible way to do so is to incinerate them on site. Medical waste incinerators put dioxins, lead, mercury, and other known and unknown substances into the air, substances that cause a number of human health ailments including cancer, birth defects, and brain damage. (that might explain why some of our AZ legislators act like they do).