Monday, Dec. 16, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- The Humane Society of the United States is accusing Georgia Regents of primate mistreatment.
The organization says GRU is in violation of the Federal Animal Welfare Act again. This comes after a previous allegation of the mistreatment of dogs at the dental school.
HSUS says it sent in an undercover investigator to the university who says nearly 50 primates were caged all day with inadequate enrichment.
The organization says the monkeys were under psychological distress which may have forced them to drink their own urine and pulling out their hair.
HSUS says the organization has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
GRU has responded to the allegations:
“Research involving non-human primates is strictly regulated and those regulations are rigorously enforced to ensure humane treatment. Georgia Regents University is inspected annually by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the requirements of the Animal Welfare Act are certainly a focus of those inspections.
The GRU Internal Animal Care and Use Committee also inspects sites where non-human primates are housed twice a year.
Additionally, GRU voluntarily submits itself for accreditation and review by the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International, which is not required by the AWA. The university currently holds AAALAC international accreditation and has maintained consistent accreditation for more than 30 years.”
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