Rally Against Chandler Covance

Pictures of monkeys in viselike mechanisms and "Say NO to Covance" signs lined downtown Chandler on Sunday afternoon as about 100 animal rights activists protested the drug-testing company setting up shop in the city.

Covance plans to build a 400,000-square-foot facility on Price Road between Queen Creek and Germann roads, where it would test drugs on animals such as mice, hamsters, primates and dogs. The company bought the land last summer for $8 million.

Protester Chelsea Richards said she would move out of the city if Covance builds. "Chandler was founded by a veterinarian," Richards said.
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Jan McClellan, co-founder of Citizens Against Covance, said she chose Sunday for the rally because it was the first day of World Week for Animals in Laboratories.

The effort is meant to educate citizens about "the plight of animals used for testing and research," according to the movement's Web site.

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