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Tuesday, June 14, 2011
USDA Cites Princeton For Primate Research Violations
Princeton University continues to run afoul of federal regulations in its testing of primates, including depriving some of the animals of water for over 24 hours, according to a report obtained by The Times.
Lab inspections conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in February and April resulted in six violations, most of them involving the watering schedules of the primates used in experiments.
Similar violations were found during an inspection last year at the facility, which university officials said houses 15 macaques and 10 marmosets, and an animal research watchdog group is calling for the federal government to halt all primate experiments at Princeton University.
Inside the research lab at Princeton, neuroscientists study the brains, actions and behavior of the monkeys to gain better insight into the human brain and neurology.
%u201CThe treatment of animals at this facility illustrates attitudes of carelessness and negligence that must be punished so that meaningful changes can be made,%u201D said Michael A. Budkie, executive director of the organization Stop Animal Exploitation Now (SAEN).Full story here.
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