Beware Trojan Horses!
By Gayle Dean
October 15, 2005

"(Expletive deleted)...I'm gonna knock you out...you little (expletive deleted)...you hateful (expletive deleted) you." -- Senior Covance technician talking to a monkey he is restraining, 9/4/2004

Covance, a company that conducts bio-medical research on primates, has been at the center of controversy since PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) went public with an 11-month undercover investigation inside a Covance lab in Virginia, documenting appalling physical and psychological abuse of monkeys.

When animal-abusers are caught red-handed, there are two routes they take for damage control. First, they try to suppress the evidence. Then, if that doesn't work, they pretend the abuses are isolated incidents. But in this case the evidence is overwhelming, and neither tactic has worked for Covance so far.

Covance sought an injunction to prevent PETA Europe from showing the shocking video footage. The judge dismissed the request, calling the video "highly disturbing" and commenting on the "rough manner in which the animals [are] handled and the bleakness of the surroundings in which they are kept," as matters which "cry out for explanation."

Further, the judge held that since Covance "has fostered a misleading impression," PETA is "entitled to correct it publicly," and then ordered Covance to pay PETA for its legal costs. Covance appealed the judge's decision, but the appellate court described their case as an "uphill task," and Covance finally withdrew its appeal. Covance's censorship attempts in the U.S. also failed. The court decisions to date, unequivocally support PETA.

But don't take my word for it. View the video at http://www.covancecruelty.com and judge for yourself if the way the Covance animals are restrained, caged, beaten, and tormented is either necessary for research or if these are isolated incidents. While you're there, listen to Gordon Liddy's short public service announcement about Covance (on the same page). And if you have the stomach for it, read the 7-page summary of the formal complaint to the Department of Agriculture.

A further indication of pervasive abuse can be seen in the taunting tone and language the Covance employees use with the monkeys:

"(Expletive deleted)...I'm gonna knock you out...you little (expletive deleted)...you hateful (expletive deleted) you." -- Senior Covance technician talking to a monkey he is restraining, 9/4/2004

"Yeah, I'm coming for you again today. Yeah. Yep. You again today. I'm gonna kick your (expletive deleted) again, too." Female Covance technician speaking to a caged monkey. 9/25/2004

Those who would yell obscenities -- at helpless animals -- are mean-spirited, with tempers out of control, and exhibit a fundamental contempt and hostility toward the animals. These low-lifes have no business acting as "caretakers" for any living creatures.

Another tactic used by Covance and other animal-exploiters is to insist that their policy is to treat animals "humanely". But this is simply industry public-relations propaganda. The abuse is systematic, widespread and well-documented.

Matthew Scully, former special assistant to the president and deputy director of presidential speechwriting for George W. Bush, had this to say in Dominion:

    In its current form...the AWA [Animal Welfare Act] is a collection of hollow injunctions, broad loopholes, and light penalties when there are any at all....Certain animals are animals, under the AWA, only when such determination is made by the secretary of agriculture. Otherwise they are, well, something else. And the entire AWA is left for our department of agriculture to interpret and enforce. The same officials and financial interests who view our factory farms as acceptable forms of animal husbandry are entrusted with deciding what constitutes acceptable treatment of laboratory animals.

And in Fear Factories: The Case for Compassionate Conservatism – for Animals published in The American Conservative, May 2005:

    Our cruelty statutes are a good and natural development in Western law, codifying the claims of animals against human wrongdoing...Such statutes, however, address mostly random or wanton acts of cruelty. And the persistent animal-welfare questions of our day center on institutional cruelties—on the vast and systematic mistreatment of animals that most of us never see.

Anyone who examines the evidence objectively will have to agree that Covance is guilty of exactly what PETA claims. And regardless of how many dollars -- or jobs -- Covance or any other animal-testing-lab promises to bring with them to your town or state, residents should think twice before inviting them into the community.