Covance Boils Rabbit Alive and causes Traumatic Injuries to Primates; Watchdog Group calls for Multiple Federal Fines

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From Stop Animal Exploitation NOW!
S. A. E. N.
"Exposing the truth to wipe out animal experimentation"

Please contact Elizabeth Goldentyre to demand that Covance Research receive the largest fine possible under the Animal Welfare Act for the negligence which boiled a rabbit alive.

Dr. Elizabeth Goldentyer
920 Main Campus Drive, Suite 2000
Raleigh, NC 27606
[email protected]


Please contact Dr. Gibbens and demand that he take immediate action against the Covance Research Products facility of Alice Texas for the deaths and traumatic injuries of multiple primates.

Dr. Robert Gibbens
Director, Western Region
2150 Center Ave.
Building B, Mailstop 3W11
Fort Collins, CO 80526-8117
[email protected]


Monday, November 28, 2011
Contact: Michael Budkie, SAEN, [email protected], (513) 575-5517

Attn: Assignment Desk

Covance Boils Rabbit Alive and causes Traumatic Injuries to Primates; Watchdog Group calls for Multiple Federal Fines

PRINCETON/TRENTON, NJ – Covance Research Products, headquartered in Princeton (NJ), is the target of multiple Official Complaints filed with the USDA by Research Watchdog Group SAEN, (Stop Animal Exploitation Now).

The complaints allege that multiple violations of the Animal Welfare Act in Covance facilities in Pennsylvania and Texas led directly to the deaths and injuries of primates and rabbits.

Recently obtained federal reports reveal that the Covance facility in Denver (PA) boiled a rabbit alive in a cage washer.  According to a USDA inspection report dated 7-21-11 a rabbit was found dead inside the cage washing apparatus, which sterilizes cages with hot water. 
Records obtained from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), reveal that several primates shipped by Covance had to be euthanized upon arrival or shortly thereafter, while others had a history of traumatic injuries. 

The fate of Primate RQ5977 was particularly grisly.  Apparently RQ5977 had a history of SIB (self-injurious behavior) prior to shipping.  The stress of shipping drastically increased this behavior such that the primate was euthanized the day she arrived at UCSF.  Other Covance primates shipped to UCSF are missing ears, fingers, toes, etc.  The USDA has also recently cited this facility for primate injuries due to frostbite.

“Horrible acts of negligence like this, which literally boiled a rabbit alive, must be severely penalized,” said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director, SAEN. 

“Carelessly causing an already disturbed monkey to become even more self-destructive is beyond callousness.  If a private individual did this they would go to jail.”

SAEN has contacted both the Eastern and Western Regional Offices of USDA/APHIS/AC to demand that fines be issued against both Covance facilities.

The USDA inspection reports and primate records are available upon request from SAEN.


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