The PETA blog reports:
First, Professional Laboratory Research Services shut its doors just days after PETA released the findings of our disturbing undercover investigation there. Now, Covance’s horrendous Vienna, Va., laboratory, which PETA investigated five years ago, is closing up shop.
During PETA’s 11-month investigation at Covance, our investigator documented that workers struck, choked, and screamed obscenities at frightened and “uncooperative” monkeys. Monkeys suffered from rectal prolapses as a result of constant stress and diarrhea, and baby monkeys’ noses bled daily because workers shoved hard tubes up their nostrils to pump experimental chemicals and drugs into their stomachs. As a result of PETA’s investigation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture cited and fined Covance for serious violations of the Animal Welfare Act.
Clearly, the USDA is not inspecting these places well-enough. Why does PETA have to spend donor’s money to investigate something that the USDA should be doing themselves? We pay the USDA to do this when we pay our taxes! Why should we have to pay again when we donate to animal protection organizations like PETA?
The Animal Welfare Act exists to protect some animals from some types of cruelty. Yet it’s not being enforced unless or until there is a large public outcry from documented violations uncovered by animal investigators. The USDA should do their job and put cruelty out of business!
But they won’t. At least not yet. So if we can’t trust the USDA to properly inspect animal industries then we have to rely on ourselves. We can – and should – investigate ourselves, but more importantly, we should withdraw any implicit consent or financial support from these industries. We should boycott animal industries as much as possible. Stick to a plant-based diet, wear cotton and synthetics, and avoid products tested on animals.
If someone asks you why you’re vegan, you can tell them “we can’t trust animal industries to be humane and we can’t trust our government to enforce anti-cruelty laws so it’s time for consumers to vote against cruelty with our dollars and forks!”
To see the investigation, watch this video: