A national animal-rights group has mailed a graphic video it says shows laboratory animal abuse to 23,000 Chandler residents.
The DVDs mailed out Tuesday by Washingtonbased Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine are expected to hit residential mailboxes by Friday. The mailing is part of an effort to stop drug-tester Covance from building a contract laboratory in south Chandler.
The 9 1 /2-minute video shows undercover footage reportedly shot at Covance facilities in Germany and Virginia. One segment was obtained by the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection and the other by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
But Covance spokeswoman Camilla Strongin said the company cannot confirm the video was shot at a Covance facility.
The DVD comes with a warning that the video isn’t suitable for children and contains repeated images of monkeys being handled by laboratory workers. One scene vividly shows monkeys being euthanized before having their blood drained from their bodies.
“It is disturbing footage, we understand that,” said John Pippin, a Dallas cardiologist and Physicians Committee spokesman. “But in order to be honest about the message about Covance, we feel that people need to see the truth.”
Strongin called the mailing “scare tactics” and “another example of the way (the Physicians Committee and PETA) distort the truth and the facts to fit the circumstance that they’re trying to justify.”
Pippin said Tuesday he did not know the cost to send out the DVDs.