Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Group Urges India's Fruit Exporters to Donate Mangoes as a Small Measure of Comfort to the Indian Macaques Used In Experiments in Covance Facilities

You’ll see below the horror that the company Covance puts primates through. Truly a sick group.

It's also good to note that "Covance also deals in the import and sale of laboratory animals. It is the single largest importer of primates in the US and the world's largest breeder of laboratory dogs."

Article:

Donate mangoes to 'research' monkeys: animal rights group

http://www.dailyindia.com/show/33503.php/Donate_mangoes_
to_research_monkeys:_animal_rights_group

By Indo Asian News Service

New Delhi, June 12 (IANS) An animal rights group has urged India's top fruit exporters to donate mangoes as a small measure of comfort to the many Indian macaques used in experiments in various facilities operated by one of the world's largest animal-testing laboratories Covance.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), in a letter sent to exporters in eight cities across the country, has pointed out that because the macaques are kept in small, barren cages where they suffer from deprivation and loneliness, a meal of mangoes would give them nutrition and comfort as well as a connection to the home which their ancestors were forcibly removed from.

A Covance laboratory in New Jersey was the target of an 11-month PETA undercover investigation during which Covance employees were videotaped physically, verbally and psychologically abusing monkeys on a daily basis.

The US Department of Agriculture later fined Covance for 'serious violations of federal law'.

'We would like nothing better than to see Covance's animal torture chambers shut down for good,' said PETA research associate Alka Chandna in a statement here.

'But in the meantime, we are asking these fruit exporters to give these imprisoned and abused Indian macaques just a semblance of joy and comfort in their sad lives.'

Covance also deals in the import and sale of laboratory animals. It is the single largest importer of primates in the US and the world's largest breeder of laboratory dogs.

Copyright Indo-Asian News Service

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