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Covance will close Chandler drug development facility

United Kingdom

Covance, an international drug development services company that opened a $150 million drug testing laboratory in Chandler in early 2009, announced Wednesday that it’s closing the Chandler facility.

While the global corporation reported net revenue growth of 5.7 percent to $531 million for the first quarter of 2012, the Princeton, N.J.-based company said closing the Chandler facility will help it save at least $20 million annually.

As Covance worked to build its East Valley facility, the company drew the ire of protestors and activists not happy about a company that tests on animals moving into their proverbial backyards. But the Chandler facility opened anyway in March 2009 with a few dozen employees. Nearly 2,000 jobs were expected for the 27-acre, 280,000-square-foot site near the Chandler Municipal Airport.

Covance as well as many other laboratories which test and experiment on animals, cause suffering and death to millions of animals by using them as resources or research models.

They inoculate them with viruses, alter their DNA, artificially insiminate them to then kill them to study their fetuses. Submit them to starvation or electric shocks, break there bones, we block their glands, force them to inhale toxic substances, provoke paralysis, submit them to radiation and extreme temperatures...

The vast majority of society would be against experimentation on humans against their will even if this would lead to great advances in the search for vaccines and cures. The same criteria should also apply to other animals since they, just like us, they are sentient and the emotions and sensations they feel matter to them just as much as ours do to us. Like us, they don’t want to die and want to enjoy a free life.

Using non-consenting, nonhuman animals for experiments to acquire vaccines or cures for humans is just as arbitrary as would be using a certain group of humans (for example white people) to find cures for a different race. The colour of our skin or our eyes, our gender, the species we belong to, are all irrelevant characteristics when we speak of bearing in mind another’s interests in avoiding suffering and enjoying their life.

Scientific progress is possible without using or inflicting pain to other animals, American universities – including Harvard, Stanford and Yale – have replaced live animal studies in physiology, pharmacology and surgical training with animal-free methods. New study methods include direct human surgery observation, human patient simulations, use of human corpses donated to medical research, sophisticated computer programs, specialist learning models, etc. 

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All forms of animal experimentation are based on an unfair ideal: the non-equal consideration of the interests and desires of the nonhuman animals involved.