Covance Research Products Violates Federal Law After Government Inspection Finds Three Monkeys Injured; Watchdog Group Calls for Hefty Fine

ALICE, TX – Three monkeys suffered broken limbs – and Covance Research Products here violated federal law because it took days for the injuries to be noticed, according to a national watchdog group.

It was a repeat federal offense for Covance, which was hit last June with a very large $31,500 fine by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture for violating the Animal Welfare Act several other times, said SAEN, a nonprofit research watchdog group that monitors U.S. research facilities for illegal and negligent behavior.

SAEN said that the USDA found, in an inspection Nov. 29, 2016 at Covance, that negligent care led to the three monkeys sustaining limb fractures. The fractures were not diagnosed for several days until the monkeys underwent TB testing.

SAEN had previously filed an Official Complaint against Covance seeking a large federal fine.

“It is clear that this lab has a long-term pattern of negligence and a total disregard for even minimum veterinary care standards as elaborated in the Animal Welfare Act,” said Stacey Ellison, Research Analyst, SAEN. “This case must be taken seriously because Covance is a repeat offender.”

All government documents are available upon request from SAEN.