The well-respected and internationally distributed Christian Science Monitor today, Tuesday July 21, includes an article, by Faye Bowers, headed "One city's fight over biomed plans. The prospect of animal testing in a company laboratory provokes residents in Chandler, Ariz."
"Little did officials in Chandler one of the fastest-growing cities in the country know the resistance they would meet in trying to retool their city's plan for attracting future business prospects.
"When Covance, a multinational drug-testing company, elected to build a $44 million laboratory here where it will test chemical and medical compounds on animals residents, as well as national and international animal rights groups, mounted a vigorous campaign to block it.
"At least two groups have formed that lead protests, marches, and educational sessions for neighborhood gatherings. And the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), a Washington organization whose goal is to find an alternative to animal testing, is backing one of the groups in a lawsuit against the city of Chandler.
"'I've never seen anything like this,' says Dave Bigos, assistant to the mayor and Chandler City Council. 'We have not only local people and organizations expressing their views, but national and international organizations, too.'
"It's certainly an emotionally charged issue a 21st-century clash of "not in my backyard" arguments against a city's desire to have a vibrant business community.
"On the one hand, animal rights activists want an end to testing toxic materials in animals not just in Chandler, but everywhere. On the other hand, Chandler's city planners want to grow the local economy, and Covance wants a lab to service clients in the Western United States."
The article offers reason for the controversy:
"Protesters of the plans decry the method that the US government requires for the development of medicines and other compounds such as antibacterial cleansers: that they be tested on animals before humans. Critics claim the method is outdated and that the toxins they introduce in animals cause them to react differently than humans. They also note that the US Department of Agriculture cited Covance for violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act in 2005."
You can read the whole article on line at http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0731/p03s03-ussc.html
At the bottom of that page you will see a link to click on to send a letter to the editor. Please take this opportunity to dash off a note about animal testing in general or Covance in particular.
To learn more about Covance, go to http://www.protectchandler.org/
Please watch the video entitled, "What Covance Doesn't Want You to See." It is awful, including horrendous treatment of innocent primates, and a Covance toxicologist saying to one of the monkeys she is coming back to "kick your ass again" later that day. But please keep in mind Gretchen Wyler's favorite line, "We must not refuse to see with our eyes, what they must endure with their bodies." Most of us at least occasionally use household products tested at Covance and other similar laboratories. We should know what we are supporting and how important it is to adjust our practices and fight the testing system.
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Yours and the animals',
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Date: Tue Jul 31 14:45:50 2007
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