In late July, Covance Inc., a contract research organization with a facility in Evansville, was fined $31,500 for four violations of the U.S. Animal Welfare Act relating to the overheating deaths of thirteen crab-eating macaques (monkeys) in 2014.
Covance is one of the world’s largest contract research organizations and the country’s largest importer of primates used in experimentation. They are also the country’s largest breeder of dogs destined for laboratories. Covance has operations in more than 20 states and 60 countries. The company has more than 11,000 employees and annual revenue of more than $2 billion.
The thirteen monkeys were killed in two separate incidences at Covance’s facility in Alice, TX, in late 2014. In both cases, one in September and one about a month later, failures of the lab’s heating system caused the rooms the macaques were housed in to overheat without anyone noticing or responding to the situation. The macaques died of hyperthermia.