Covance Undercover

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Or, scroll all the way down for information about the latest information on Covance's abuses of animals and the legal system in Vienna, VA.

Covance is a multinational biomedical testing company which abuses animals and attempts to quash free speech. This site now contains evidence regarding both of these despicable behaviors.

Some animal-rights activists in the city of Münster, Germany obtained photographs, video, and other evidence of Covance's abuses of monkeys and other animals and created a website called Covance Undercover. Rather than respond directly to the allegations contained therein, Covance corporation has attempted to intimidate, through lots and lots of lawyers, the ISPs which people are using to get the site in question onto the internet.

Their primary legal person seems to be one Thomas de Weerd, of the firm Houthoff-Buruma in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. This is somewhat odd, as only a rather small proportion of Covance's business is in the Netherlands — it seems they want to insulate their lawyers from public protest. Indeed, Covance is headquartered in Princeton, New Jersey, USA, not 60 miles (100 km) from the location of the owner of this particular mirror, and yet they have only very rarely, it seems, to hired any American lawyers to work on these cases.

So, first, some documents about the legal efforts to shut down this site and other mirrors:

(Legal documents above are listed in the order I post them, not in chronological or any other sensible order.)

Covance's free-speech-quashing lawyers include:

And, now, please proceed to judge for yourself by visiting Covance Undercover...

If you'd like to set up your own mirror, you can download a ZIP file (10.7MB) and put it on some webspace that you control. Also available: a package of the legal documents offered here (ZIP; 6.17MB)

The following other mirrors are known to exist:

If you have freenet, you can also look for the key CHK@1~13imZS1rQDjtkGr4E8WzT5JzUNAwI,Yq7ZEBHyMlXLML81z5ZFXQ/ and proceed appropriately.

Users of tor, an anonymizing overlay network for TCP, can also browse Covance Undercover at http://rtjzkoeh4u4zud2x.onion/covance/.

There is also a video, some 24 minutes long and narrated in English, giving more details of the abuses. Due primarily to bandwidth constraints, it is not made available here; however, you can get it from the eDonkey file-sharing network, if you have the proper client software installed, by following this ed2k link.
The kind folks at mtl2600 have made the video available for download, and there's also a divx version available from

Some study reports and other interesting internal Covance documents were posted to the original Covance Undercover website just before it was shut down. Although the mirror above does not include these documents, I was able to obtain a copy of them. You can browse through these documents or grab a ZIP file (6.52MB) of them all.

In addition to the above documents, there is now an internal Covance memo (506kB PDF), never before publicly seen, in which Covance UK talks about how to prepare for an upcoming “surprise” inspection from in order to ensure that they are following Good Laboratory Practice guidelines. In the memo, they detail plans for fixing up some of the sloppy work that they'd been doing.

New! June 28, 2005 We have yet another document for you to look at (54.0k PDF). This three-page excerpt of a longer document is from a study that Covance did on horses for German client Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica GmbH. As can be seen in the document, all 28 horses in the experiment were poisoned and killed. One particularly odd thing about this study is that Covance had to get a veterinarian to determine the horses' ages from dental examinations and to check the females for pregnancy. This implies that the horses in question may have been former racehorses or pets, rather than having been specially bred for experimentation.

New! May 18, 2005 An investigator with PETA has uncovered abuses at Covance's Vienna, VA drug-testing laboratory similar to the European abuses documented here. Their website about the investigation is; a few of the videos are mirrored here.

A ZIP file of all these files if you would like to mirror them is available for download (44.1 MB) — rumor has it that Covance isn't any more pleased about this latest batch of files than it was about the previous batch, and they may try to prevent their distribution.

Questions? Comments? New mirrors? Vague legal threats? Email me. Faxes and voicemail to +1 (530) 686-8623, or you can email me and ask for my real phone number.

Last Modified: 02:31 UTC, June 29, 2005, Mike Castleman (PGP Public Key)

Covance is a trademark, presumably registered, of Covance, Inc., and all its international subsidiaries. For the very dense: this site is not an official publication of Covance. In fact, they'd rather this site didn't exist at all.