Stop Covance`s criminal lab experiments

We at Doctors Against Animal Experiments are committed to modern animal-free research and medicine. Animal experiments must no longer have a place in the 21st century!

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The US company Covance operates in Münster, Germany,  one of the largest animal testing laboratories for monkeys in Europe.
Every year up to 2,000 monkeys are killed here in excruciating toxicity tests.

Covance is thus the largest “monkey consumer” in Germany!
Now the group wants to expand: A new building for animal stalls is to be built, an advertisement is looking for animal care personnel (!!!).

covance gebäude MünsterAnimal experiment factory “Covance Laboratories GmbH” in Münster, Germany

So soon more monkeys will suffer and die here!

Covance Inc. is one of the world’s largest contract research organizations with offices in 20 countries.
The branch in Münster specializes in reproductive toxicity tests on monkeys.

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Pregnant monkeys are often given drugs or chemicals pumped into their stomachs or injected into the bloodstream daily to see the effect on their offspring.
The consequences can be stillbirths or malformations.

The substances are also given to male monkeys to test their fertility.
Such toxicity tests on our closest relatives are ethically unjustifiable and scientifically nonsensical, since the results only say something about the reaction of the monkeys, but do not allow predictions for humans.


In 2017, experiments were carried out on 3,525 monkeys in Germany, 2,137 of them in North Rhine-Westphalia (60%), for which Covance is mainly responsible.

In 2003, covert recordings brought the cruel reality of everyday laboratory life at Covance to light  (video can be seen below).
The pictures showed severely disordered monkeys in tiny cages, excruciating toxicity tests, and brutal treatment by staff.
The public outcry was enormous.
Doctors against animal experiments and other organizations filed criminal charges for violating the Animal Welfare Act, which was discontinued despite clear evidence.

Articles published by Covance itself in specialist journals also demonstrate the cruel handling of the sensitive primates.

Monkeys are often kept individually for weeks in small cages measuring 60x60x90 cm. That alone is an ordeal for the active and social animals.

Monkeys that do not die from the substances in the toxicity tests are killed. In the end there is always death.


Animal-free research is possible!

In contrast to animal experiments, animal-free methods with human 3D cell cultures and organ chips offer reliable and relevant statements about the safety and effectiveness of substances for humans. Laws that still require animal testing must be changed immediately.

We look to Great Britain: the famous Sanger Institute will close its animal testing laboratory there by 2022 at the latest.
The reason for the decision: the rapid global establishment of human-based research models such as 3-dimensional cell culture systems and organoids.
Covance cannot turn a blind eye to the future for long either, because it will come. That much is certain!


We urge the authorities not to approve the expansion of Covance!
Please sign the petition :


And I mean…Unfortunately, most of us forget the scandalous video from 2003.

The video showed, among other things, that the monkeys not only have to live in appalling conditions, they are also subjected to painful routine interventions every day.  As if that weren’t bad enough, the primates are being abused in the most brutal way by the staff. Day after day of suffering without end.

One gets the impression that doctors and staff are dangerous psychopaths with sadistic tendencies.

COVANCE is a US company headquartered in Princeton, New Jersey.
It is one of the world’s largest of its kind and is represented in 20 countries.
And now the German government, the majority of which consists of pharmaceutical lobbyists, wants to expand Covance’s torture activities with a new Dachau for primates. We have to prevent that!

Around 87% of the animals come from outside Europe.
These were almost exclusively long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis), also known as long-tailed macaques.

The main exporters of long-tailed macaques are China and Mauritius.

The island nation sells thousands of monkeys to the animal testing industry in the US and Europe, including Germany, every year. The Noveprim breeding facility in Mauritius is 47% owned by Covance.
The monkeys are kept here in structureless mass cages and reproduced for sale.

In 2017, 3,525 experiments were carried out on monkeys in Germany, including 87 on monkeys, 250 on New World monkeys (e.g. common marmosets) and 3,176 on Old World monkeys (e.g. long-tailed macaques, rhesus monkeys, baboons).
800 monkeys were reinstated from the previous year, so that 2,725 animals were added in 2017.

Animal testing is a billion dollar-business, especially for the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. Animal experiments are not carried out for the benefit of humans, not about curing diseases, not about our health.
Careers for torturers and billions for the pharmaceutical mafia, that’s why animal experiments!

Germany is developing into the largest animal testing laboratory in the world.

es war ein Mal ein Land von Dichter und Denker n“once upon a time there was a land of poets and thinkers!
now we are leading in the export of weapons and animal corpses”

My best regards to all, Venus

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