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Primate lab slapped by USDA

Federal investigators have confirmed reports of primate mistreatment at the largest primate research facility in the US. As __The Scientist__ linkurl:reported;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/55490/ in early March, the New Iberia Research Center in Louisiana drew criticism after a video of alleged animal abuse surfaced. The video was shot by an investigator with the Humane Society of the United States, who in 2007 and 2008 recorded images of chimps being sedated with dart guns and fall

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Federal investigators have confirmed reports of primate mistreatment at the largest primate research facility in the US. As __The Scientist__ linkurl:reported;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/55490/ in early March, the New Iberia Research Center in Louisiana drew criticism after a video of alleged animal abuse surfaced. The video was shot by an investigator with the Humane Society of the United States, who in 2007 and 2008 recorded images of chimps being sedated with dart guns and falling off their perches onto the floor, and monkeys with open wounds.
Investigators with the United States Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) visited the New Iberia Research Center, which is administered by the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, on March 17th in response to a complaint filed by the Humane Society. The linkurl:report;http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_welfare/efoia/downloads/inspection/72-r-0007.pdf detailing their investigation was released yesterday (May 11). Investigators were not able to observe the facility's sedation practices during their visit, but...




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