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Monkey lab in hot water

The largest primate facility in the US is drawing fire after an investigation by the Humane Society of the United States produced video footage of alleged animal welfare violations at the center. A Humane Society investigator spent nine months in 2007 and 2008 videotaping alleged abuses at the linkurl:New Iberia Research Center,;http://nirc.louisiana.edu/index.html which is administered by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The facility houses more than 6,000 primates, including rhesus m

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The largest primate facility in the US is drawing fire after an investigation by the Humane Society of the United States produced video footage of alleged animal welfare violations at the center. A Humane Society investigator spent nine months in 2007 and 2008 videotaping alleged abuses at the linkurl:New Iberia Research Center,;http://nirc.louisiana.edu/index.html which is administered by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The facility houses more than 6,000 primates, including rhesus macaques and several hundred chimpanzees, on a sprawling 100-acre site in rural Louisiana. On its website, the Humane Society has posted linkurl:clips of the video footage;https://community.hsus.org/campaign/FED_2009_apeprotectionact?source=gabhie that show monkeys with open wounds, chimps being sedated with dart guns and falling from their perches onto the floor, and other apparent violations of the linkurl:Animal Welfare Act,;http://www.nal.usda.gov/awic/legislat/awa.htm which sets forth standards of care for animals used in research, exhibitions, or as pets. Primates at the New Iberia Center are used in...

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