The video footage shows monkeys biting themselves and slamming against the bars of small cages. Other scenes show a newborn chimpanzee being taken from its mother and an adult screaming as a lab worker aims a tranquilizer gun before the animal falls sedated from a shelf to the floor.Here is a link to the Humane Society. I couldn't get the video to work for some reason.
The Humane Society of the United States released the video scenes Wednesday, saying that’s only part of the documentation of what it claimed were 338 violations of federal law and policy at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s New Iberia Research Laboratory. It is the nation’s largest primate research lab that studies chimpanzees.
“This is a story of inhumane treatment and a story of psychological torment for these animals,” Wayne Pacelle, president and chief executive officer of the Washington-based animal rights group, said at a news conference Wednesday.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
USHS Alleges Animal Abuse at the University of Louisiana New Iberia Research Laboratory
Actually, it's more then allegations. They have video.
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All I can say is that if it does indeed turn out that in fact the university has breached legal requirements in that many areas, then I hope they are subject to some very serious disciplinary action.
To the extent that any of these research projects are publicly funded, then the government should think very carefully about whether taxpayers should continue to fund such operations in absense of very significant improvements in practices.
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