PETA Protests Against Land Acquisition By Covance

Animal testing firm Covance Inc. recently purchased 38 acres of land in Chandler, Arizona, which prompted People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

Citing an undercover video it shot of Covance’s Vienna, Virginia, laboratory and a several hundred page complaint PETA filed against Covance with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, PETA wants Chandler to prevent Covance from building a facility in that city.

In a press release, PETA’s Mary Beth Sweetland said,

Chandler should be showing Covance the door, not rolling out the red carpet. Covance has an abysmal record of animal abuse and threats to public health that shouldnÂ’t be welcomed by any city.

PETA’s Alka Chandna told the Chandler News,

We have to petition Chandler Mayor Boyd Dunn and the Chandler City Council to pull up the carpet and prevent Covance from setting up shop. These are hardly the sort of people Chandler residents want as their neighbors.

For its part, Covance is suing PETA and the undercover activist who shot the video, and denied that it engages in animal cruelty.

The land that Covance purchased is currently zoned agricultural, so any decision by Covance to build a facility on the land would require a zoning change. A Covance spokesperson told the Chandler News that it has no immediate plans to build on the site and has not applied for any building permits yet.

City spokesman Dave Bigos, however, told the Chandler News that the city council sees attracting biosciences firms to the area as crucial,

Biosciences is a growing presence in the Valley. It’s critical for the future of the Valley and Chandler.


Bioscience firm irks PETA, Covance busy land in Chandler. Alex Pickett, Chandler News, August 23, 2005.

PETA calls on Chandler to reject CovanceÂ’s proposed animal-testing lab. Press Release, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, August 15, 2005.

Rodney Coronado On His Recent Legal Troubles

In 2004, convicted animal rights arsonist Rodney Coronado, 38, was arrested after he and fellow Earth First activist Matthew Crozier, 32, along with Esquire writer John Richardson, allegedly entered Sabino Canyon, Arizona, and destroyed a mountain lion trap. Coronado faces up to seven years in jail.

All three were charged with federal misdemeanor trespassing on national forest land, interfering with a forest officer and violation of a special closure order (the canyon had been closed by officials due to the threat from aggressive mountain lions). Coronado and Crozier were also charged with federal felony conspiracy to impede or injure an officer. The state of Arizona also charged Coronado and Crozier with misdemeanor charges related to their removal of the trap and a sensor set up near the trap.

On the federal charges, which are clearly the most serious, Coronado could spend six and a half years in prison. And Coronado does not even bother to pretend he might be not guilty — in fact, he’s downright proud of what he did.

In an essay published in animal rights extremist magazine No Compromise, Coronado writes (emphasis added),

. . . While 2004 marked my fifth year out of prison, it was also the year that finally saw my re-arrest by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Something those bastards have been trying to do since 1999, when I walked out the gates of the Federal Correctional Institution in Tucson. My arrest wasn’t unexpected. As with many a practitioner of nonviolent civil disobedience, my actions were taken with a full understanding of the consequences I faced should I be arrested for opposing and interfering with this occupying government’s efforts to kill mountain lions last March.

Thank you, bastards at the FBI!

Coronado goes on to erase any doubt that he is guilty of the crimes of which he is accused (emphasis added),

When it came down to the lions versus the combined guns, snares, ground sensors, helicopters, hounds and 4×4 trucks of taxpayer-supported professional hunters, I found out who were the lionsÂ’ real friends and who really believed in animal liberation and deep ecology. Like many a direct action I have participated in, the people I patrolled that canyon with are some of the bravest and most beautiful people I know. ItÂ’s for these reasons my friends and I are now being threatened with seven years in federal prison. Because a few of us were not willing to sit back and watch as our public lands and wildlife were destroyed to once again assuage human fears of the uncontrollable wild in a never-ending invasion.

And I was, still am and always will be proud to be able to take such a stance against overwhelming odds when the people and places I love are being threatened or destroyed. It is with such honor, that I snuck into Sabino Canyon night after night, past federal officers patrolling for native wildlife whose only offense was not enough fear of humans and continuing to hunt in their occupied homelands. When we choose to be warriors of the Earth and her Animal Nations we accept that it might be our own lives and freedom that are one day threatened or taken away. That is the way for every generation of warrior and protector whose duty it is to protect home and family.

This gives us a nice insight into just how nutty Coronado was. When he referred to the “occupying government” above, I originally assumed he was making about related to his Native American activism. But no, as he makes clear, it is the lions themselves whose “homeland” is occupied by the government — although Coronado apparently is unconcerned about the sanctity “homelands” of the prey that the mountain lion hunts! Some “Animal Nations” are apparently more equal than others.

Coronado then complains that his fellow activists aren’t emulating his illegal ways sufficiently (emphasis added),

As IÂ’ve said before, IÂ’m proud to be an enemy of the United States. The enemy of a global invader that allows terrorism to happen on a daily basis. A regime that routinely allows not only the torture of animals in its licensed and regulated laboratories, but people in its military concentration camps as well. IÂ’m not surprised by any of this behavior, its what you come to expect from people who since their arrival have always used violence and terror to achieve their objectives.

The only thing that surprises me about it all is that there are not more of the many people I have met over the last twenty years of this struggle fighting here beside me. While a couple of those dear comrades sit in prison or are under federal indictment, many more hide amongst the society responsible for the violence we oppose, enjoying the privileges won with the very kind of terror they supposedly oppose.

So this is my question to you. How bad do things have to get before you are willing to fight back? And IÂ’m not talking about anything you do in front of a computer or that involves music bands, pamphlets, puppets or patches, IÂ’m talking about fighting back as if it was your own life under attack. Its not about who else is doing it among movements, groups or friends, when will you be ready to be the first? To do what the law says is wrong, but what you know in your heart is right. That has been and always will be the way peoplesÂ’ voices are heard, not through doing what is popular and polite, but a stand that however unpopular, allows you to exist as a part of a solution to it all, a life free from the liberal first world guilt felt by the aware but apathetic within different movements for social change. A stand that says to one and all, that you as one human being will not allow injustice to go unchallenged, despite the threatened consequences by those perpetuating it.

I couldn’t agree more. What we need are more animal rights extremists in jail and under federal indictment rather than enjoying the privileges of our society. Come on, guys and gals — step up to the plate and really stick it to the animal oppressors by going to prison. That’ll show ’em.

With any luck, Coronado can set a shining example in a federal prison for the next several years.


Fighting Back: Crimes of Resistance. Rodney Coronado, No Compromise, March 3, 2005.

2 mountain lion activists face new counts of theft. Patty Machelor, Arizona Daily Star, March 29, 2005.

Scared of lions? So move, activist says. Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star, March 27, 2004.

Arizona Governor Vetoes Animal Rights/Environmental Terrorism Legislation

On May 12, Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano vetoed legislation that would have modified that state’s racketeering laws to cover some acts of animal rights and environmental terrorism.

The bill would have modified Arizona’s statutory definition of racketeering to read,

1. “Animal activity” means any activity that involves the use of animals or animal parts, including hunting, fishing, trapping, traveling, camping, production, preparation or processing of food or food products, clothing or garment manufacturing, medical or other research, entertainment, recreation, agriculture, biotechnology or any other service involving the use of animals.

2. “Animal facility” includes a vehicle, building, structure, research facility, nature preserve or other premises where an animal is lawfully kept, handled, housed, exhibited, bred or offered for sale, including a zoo, rodeo, circus, amusement park, hunting preserve and horse and dog event.

3. “Animal or ecological terrorism” means any felony, including any completed or preparatory offense, that involves criminal damage, the use of a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument or the intentional, knowing or reckless infliction of serious physical injury with the intent to obstruct, impede or deter any person from participating in a lawful animal activity, from mining, foresting, harvesting, gathering or processing natural resources or from being lawfully present in or on an animal facility or research facility.

In her message vetoing the bill, Napolitano said the bill was “overbroad, unnecessary and susceptible to a host of unintended negative consequences.”

The full text of the vetoed legislation can be read here.


Napolitano vetoes ‘overbroad’ ecoterrorism legislation. Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services, May 13, 2004.

Rodney Coronado and Journalist Formally Accused of Illegally Dismantling Trap

A federal complaint was issued this month against animal rights terrorist Rodney Coronado and Esquire journalist John Richardson who were arrested on March 24 for allegedly dismantling a mountain lion trap in Sabino Canyon, Arizona.

On March 9, 2004, the U.S. Forest Service closed Sabino Canyon and began setting traps for mountain lions after reports of aggressive lions in the area that were deemed a threat to public safety.

A trial in the case is scheduled for June 3, and Coronado and Richardson could face up to 6 months in jail if convicted.


Complaint: Writer Helped Disable Trap. Associated Press, March 10, 2004.

Arizona SB 1081 — Animal and Ecological Terrorism

       Senate Engrossed
  State of Arizona
  Second Regular Session
    SENATE BILL 1081




Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:

Section 1. Section 13-2301, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

13-2301. Definitions

A. For the purposes of sections 13-2302, 13-2303 and 13-2304:

1. “Collect an extension of credit” means to induce in any way any person to make
repayment of that extension.

2. “Creditor” means any person making an extension of credit or any person claiming
by, under or through any person making an extension of credit.

3. “Debtor” means any person to whom an extension of credit is made or any person
who guarantees the repayment of an extension of credit, or in any manner undertakes to
indemnify the creditor against loss resulting from the failure of any person to whom an
extension is made to repay the extension.

4. “Extend credit” means to make or renew any loan or to enter into any agreement,
tacit or express, whereby the repayment or satisfaction of any debt or claim, whether
acknowledged or disputed, valid or invalid, and however arising, may or shall be

5. “Extortionate extension of credit” means any extension of credit with respect to
which it is the understanding of the creditor and the debtor at the time the extension is
made that delay in making repayment or failure to make repayment could result in the use
of violence or other criminal means to cause harm to the person or the reputation or
property of any person.

6. “Extortionate means” means the use, or an express or implicit threat of use, of
violence or other criminal means to cause harm to the person or the reputation or
property of any person.

7. “Repayment of any extension of credit” means the repayment, satisfaction or
discharge in whole or in part of any debt or claim, acknowledged or disputed, valid or
invalid, resulting from or in connection with that extension of credit.

B. For the purposes of section 13-2305, 13-2306 or 13-2307:

1. “Dealer in property” means a person who buys and sells property as a business.

2. “Stolen property” means property of another as defined in section 13-1801 that
has been the subject of any unlawful taking.

3. “Traffic” means to sell, transfer, distribute, dispense or otherwise dispose of
stolen property to another person, or to buy, receive, possess or obtain control of
stolen property, with the intent to sell, transfer, distribute, dispense or otherwise
dispose of the property to another person.

C. For the purposes of this chapter:




1. 4. “Biological agent” means any microorganism, virus, infectious
substance or biological product that may be engineered through biotechnology or any
naturally occurring or bioengineered component of any microorganism, virus, infectious
substance or biological product and that is capable of causing any of the following:

(a) Death, disease or physical injury in a human, animal, plant or other living

(b) The deterioration or contamination of air, food, water, equipment, supplies or
material of any kind.

2. 5. “Combination” means persons who collaborate in carrying on or
furthering the activities or purposes of a criminal syndicate even though such persons
may not know each other’s identity, membership in the combination changes from time to
time or one or more members may stand in a wholesaler-retailer or other arm’s length
relationship with others as to activities or dealings between or among themselves in an
illicit operation.

3. 6. “Communication service provider” has the same meaning prescribed
in section 13-3001.

4. 7. “Criminal syndicate” means any combination of persons or

enterprises engaging, or having the purpose of engaging, on a continuing basis in conduct
that violates any one or more provisions of any felony statute of this state.

5. 8. “Explosive agent” means an explosive as defined in section 13-3101
and flammable fuels or fire accelerants in amounts over fifty gallons but excludes:

(a) Fireworks as defined in section 36-1601.

(b) Firearms.

(c) A propellant actuated device or propellant actuated industrial tool.

(d) A device that is commercially manufactured primarily for the purpose of

(e) A rocket having a propellant charge of less than four ounces.

6. 9. “Material support or resources” includes money or other financial
securities, financial services, lodging, sustenance, training, safehouses, false
documentation or identification, communications equipment, facilities, weapons, lethal
substances, explosives, personnel, transportation, disguises and other physical assets
but does not include medical assistance, legal assistance or religious materials.

7. 10. “Public establishment” means a structure that is owned, leased or
operated by this state or a political subdivision of this state or a health care
institution as defined in section 36-401.


8. 12. “Terrorism” means any felony, including any completed or
preparatory offense, that involves the use of a deadly weapon or a weapon of mass
destruction or the intentional or knowing infliction of serious physical injury with the
intent to either:

(a) Influence the policy or affect the conduct of this state or any of the
political subdivisions, agencies or instrumentalities of this state.

(b) Cause substantial damage to or substantial interruption of public
communications, communication service providers, public transportation, common carriers,
public utilities, public establishments or other public services.

9. 13. “Toxin” means the toxic material of plants, animals,
microorganisms, viruses, fungi or infectious substances or a recombinant molecule,
whatever its origin or method of reproduction, including:

(a) Any poisonous substance or biological product that may be engineered through
biotechnology and that is produced by a living organism.

(b) Any poisonous isomer or biological product, homolog or derivative of such

10. 14. “Vector” means a living organism or molecule, including a
recombinant molecule or biological product that may be engineered through biotechnology,
that is capable of carrying a biological agent or toxin to a host.

11. 15. “Weapon of mass destruction” means:

(a) Any device or object that is designed or that the person intends to use to
cause multiple deaths or serious physical injuries through the use of an explosive agent
or the release, dissemination or impact of a toxin, biological agent, poisonous chemical,
or its precursor, or any vector.

(b) Except as authorized and used in accordance with a license, registration or
exemption by the radiation regulatory agency pursuant to section 30-672, any device or
object that is designed or that the person intends to use to release radiation or
radioactivity at a level that is dangerous to human life.

D. For the purposes of sections 13-2312, 13-2313, 13-2314 and 13-2315, unless the
context otherwise requires:

1. “Control”, in relation to an enterprise, means the possession of sufficient
means to permit substantial direction over the affairs of an enterprise and, in relation
to property, means to acquire or possess.

2. “Enterprise” means any corporation, partnership, association, labor union or
other legal entity or any group of persons associated in fact although not a legal

3. “Financial institution” means any business under the jurisdiction of the state
banking department or a banking or securities regulatory agency of the United States, a
business coming within the definition of a bank, financial agency or financial
institution as prescribed by 31 United States Code section 5312 or 31 Code of Federal
Regulations section 103.11 or a business under the jurisdiction of the securities
division of the corporation commission, the state real estate department or the
department of insurance.

4. “Racketeering” means any act, including any preparatory or completed offense,
that is chargeable or indictable under the laws of the state or country in which the act
occurred and, if the act occurred in a state or country other than this state, that would
be chargeable or indictable under the laws of this state if the act had occurred in this
state, and that would be punishable by imprisonment for more than one year under the laws
of this state and, if the act occurred in a state or country other than this state, under
the laws of the state or country in which the act occurred, regardless of whether the act
is charged or indicted, and the act involves either:

(a) Terrorism, ANIMAL OR ECOLOGICAL TERRORISM that results or is intended to
result in a risk of serious physical injury or death.

(b) Any of the following acts if committed for financial gain:

(i) Homicide.

(ii) Robbery.

(iii) Kidnapping.

(iv) Forgery.

(v) Theft.

(vi) Bribery.

(vii) Gambling.

(viii) Usury.

(ix) Extortion.

(x) Extortionate extensions of credit.

(xi) Prohibited drugs, marijuana or other prohibited chemicals or substances.

(xii) Trafficking in explosives, weapons or stolen property.

(xiii) Participating in a criminal syndicate.

(xiv) Obstructing or hindering criminal investigations or prosecutions.

(xv) Asserting false claims including, but not limited to, false claims asserted
through fraud or arson.

(xvi) Intentional or reckless false statements or publications concerning land for
sale or lease or sale of subdivided lands or sale and mortgaging of unsubdivided lands.

(xvii) Resale of realty with intent to defraud.

(xviii) Intentional or reckless fraud in the purchase or sale of securities.

(xix) Intentional or reckless sale of unregistered securities or real property

(xx) A scheme or artifice to defraud.

(xxi) Obscenity.

(xxii) Sexual exploitation of a minor.

(xxiii) Prostitution.

(xxiv) Restraint of trade or commerce in violation of section 34-252.

(xxv) Terrorism.

(xxvi) Money laundering.

(xxvii) Obscene or indecent telephone communications to minors for commercial

(xxviii) Counterfeiting marks as proscribed in section 44-1453.


5. “Records” means any book, paper, writing, computer program, data, image or
information that is collected, recorded, preserved or maintained in any form of storage

6. “Remedy racketeering” means to enter a civil judgment pursuant to this chapter
or chapter 39 of this title against property or a person who is subject to liability,
including liability for injury to the state that is caused by racketeering or by actions
in concert with racketeering.

E. For the purposes of sections 13-2316, 13-2316.01 and 13-2316.02:

1. “Access” means to instruct, communicate with, store data in, retrieve data from
or otherwise make use of any resources of a computer, computer system or network.

2. “Access device” means any card, token, code, account number, electronic serial
number, mobile or personal identification number, password, encryption key, biometric
identifier or other means of account access, including a canceled or revoked access
device, that can be used alone or in conjunction with another access device to obtain
money, goods, services, computer or network access or any other thing of value or that
can be used to initiate a transfer of any thing of value.

3. “Computer” means an electronic device that performs logic, arithmetic or memory
functions by the manipulations of electronic or magnetic impulses and includes all input,
output, processing, storage, software or communication facilities that are connected or
related to such a device in a system or network.

4. “Computer contaminant” means any set of computer instructions that is designed
to modify, damage, destroy, record or transmit information within a computer, computer
system or network without the intent or permission of the owner of the information,
computer system or network. Computer contaminant includes a group of computer
instructions, such as viruses or worms, that is self-replicating or self-propagating and
that is designed to contaminate other computer programs or computer data, to consume
computer resources, to modify, destroy, record or transmit data or in some other fashion
to usurp the normal operation of the computer, computer system or network.

5. “Computer program” means a series of instructions or statements, in a form
acceptable to a computer, that permits the functioning of a computer system in a manner
designed to provide appropriate products from the computer system.

6. “Computer software” means a set of computer programs, procedures and associated
documentation concerned with the operation of a computer system.

7. “Computer system” means a set of related, connected or unconnected computer
equipment, devices and software, including storage, media and peripheral devices.

8. “Critical infrastructure resource” means any computer or communications system
or network that is involved in providing services necessary to ensure or protect the
public health, safety or welfare, including services that are provided by any of the

(a) Medical personnel and institutions.

(b) Emergency services agencies.

(c) Public and private utilities, including water, power, communications and
transportation services.

(d) Fire departments, districts or volunteer organizations.

(e) Law enforcement agencies.

(f) Financial institutions.

(g) Public educational institutions.

(h) Government agencies.

9. “False or fraudulent pretense” means the unauthorized use of an access device or
the use of an access device to exceed authorized access.

10. “Financial instrument” means any check, draft, money order, certificate of
deposit, letter of credit, bill of exchange, credit card or marketable security or any
other written instrument as defined in section 13-2001 that is transferable for value.

11. “Network” includes a complex of interconnected computer or communication systems
of any type.

12. “Property” means financial instruments, information, including electronically
produced data, computer software and programs in either machine or human readable form,
and anything of value, tangible or intangible.

13. “Proprietary or confidential computer security information” means information
about a particular computer, computer system or network that relates to its access
devices, security practices, methods and systems, architecture, communications
facilities, encryption methods and system vulnerabilities and that is not made available
to the public by its owner or operator.

14. “Services” includes computer time, data processing, storage functions and all
types of communication functions.

Roberta Wright Should Know Ignorance When She Sees It

KVOA 4 in Tucson ran a report on April 20 about animal rights activists protesting at the University of Arizona College of Medicine as part of World Week for Animals in Laboratories.

The TV station’s web site summary of the story reports this exchange about the role of animals in medical research. Dr. Susan Wilson-Sanders, director of University Animal Care, told KVOA that animal research had made important contributions to treating diseases like epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease and that,

Well, in my opinion and the opinions of the vast majority of Americans a human life would be more important.

To which animal rights activist Roberta Wright retorted that,

The only reason somebody could be that ignorant is because they don’t know much about the unique aspects of various animals whether they be birds, mice, rats, monkeys or what have you . . . they . . . none of them belong in laboratories.

Well, Wright should certainly know about ignorance as she’s been peddling this same argument for three decades, and since 1990 with her group Supporting and Promoting Ethics for the Animal Kingdom.

Wright is the author of a short essay, “A Tribute to Lab Animals,” which is written as if Wright were a laboratory animal,

Have you ever been in a laboratory where animals are warehoused before being subjected to experimentation? There’s nothing quite like the sights, smells, and sounds of such an environment. The animals seem to gaze out from behind their metal bars, pleading to be touched, or at least talked to. My emotions have always behaved predictably when I’ve toured a laboratory. Putting myself in the animal’s place, I visualize myself behind those bars, uncomprehending as to why I’m there. I, too, would look expectantly to anyone who came in and looked as though he or she were going to give me some attention. If I got none, I’d wonder why, and my feeling of grateful anticipation would turn to despair when the door once again closed behind the visitor. Until the next time. When I’d go through the same thing all over again. Of course I couldn’t know that there were worse things about to happen to me than merely being ignored.

In fact, that’s the good news. The bad news is the research protocol with my number on it eventually surfaces and I am led away to new sights and new sounds. I’m excited about this walk I’m now taking. After all, I seem to be the center of attention and isn’t that what I’ve been wanting ever since I was uprooted and brought to this cold, sterile place? . . .

. . .

I and many like me are whisked quickly from the room. I recognize cool night air when it hits me. I am going home! I am going to a place of safety! I lie quietly, not wanting to disturb what is happening for fear my rescuers will change their minds and put me back into that awful prison. There’s talk of “being caught.” The people who have liberated me from this agony and gloom are breaking the law! Law? What law? What law condones and protects the people who torture and maim those who can’t object? If human beings could change places with us for only one hour, would they be so ambivalent, so indifferent? Surely if they looked into my pleading eyes, they would be capable of seeing and feeling my pain and suffering. Then they wouldn’t continue to ignore my plight.

Would you?

Deep in the bowels of the institution where you now stand are more than 7,000 animals that the people who work here call “inventory.” We are every imaginable animal, amphibian, and even cattle. They do every imaginable thing to us and call it “science” and “research.” When the researchers leave at night, they hang up their bloody lab coats and brag about their “discoveries” with no thought of our suffering. We are powerless to do anything about our imprisonment. We have only you to speak for us. We beg of you. Please speak loudly, persistently, and GET US OUT OF HERE. All we have to look forward to day after day are cold bars and painful procedures. Liberation is a faint dream that seems will come only with death. Our suffering and confinement are indescribable.

When you leave here tonight, think about us. We will be lying terrified in stainless steel cages, it will be cold, and we will hear only the hum of the refrigeration unit. And tomorrow will bring more anxiety, terror and pain. Think about us. Or at the very least, please do not forget that we are here!

During a protest of a new primate research laboratory at the University of Arizona, Wright claimed that the only reason animal research continues is to allow researchers to earn advanced degrees in the sciences,

This is not about human health or curing diseases, it’s about getting Ph.D.s

And, like many activists, Wright is a supporter of animal rights violence. In April 2001, her group sponsored terrorism advocate Craig Rosebraugh to speak at the University of Arizona during World Week for Animals in Laboratories. In a press release about the event, Wright said,

Both of these men [Rosebraugh and Michael Budkie] are guaranteed to stimulate conversation and thought about why animals are used in vivisection and why they are targets of the ALF. Get used to it. Until the university opens its doors to
scrutiny, there will be an ALF to knock them down and free the animals imprisoned inside.


Illegal Break-Ins And Animal
Experiments Focus Of Speakers On U Of A Mall Wednesday
. Supporting and Promoting Ethics for the Animal Kingdom, Press Release, April 23, 2001.

A Tribute to Lab Animals. Roberta Wright, Undated, Accessed: May 3, 2004.

Is it all in the name of science or is animal abuse?. KVOA 4, April 20, 2004.

Primate research will continue, officials say. Blake Smith, Arizona Daily Wildcat, May 3, 2000.