[Christian Science Monitor]
The prospect of animal testing in a company laboratory provokes
residents in Chandler, Ariz.
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
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
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."