UL responds to another complaint at New Iberia Research Center

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UL responds to another complaint at New Iberia Research Center

From KATC.com, Tuesday, December 2, 2014

A primate at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's New Iberia Research Center was found electrocuted in an outdoor enclosure more than a year ago after workers began testing heaters to prepare for cooler fall temperatures, according to the university.

Two research center workers were mildly shocked when they tried to retrieve the animal's body.

UL released information about the incident today in response to a complaint and subsequent press release from Stop Animal Exploitation Now, a watchdog group that monitors primate research facilities and advocates for ending primate research.

Less than a month after the pigtailed macaque was found electrocuted, a 2-year-old female pigtailed macaque was hurt on Nov. 12, 2013, while being captured for a routine physical examination. A technician grasped the animal by a hind limb, causing a fracture.

The primate's hind leg had to be amputated, UL officials said, but made a full recovery and was returned to social housing with the other members of its peer group.

That primate is part of a breeding colony and was not participating in any research studies at the time of its injury.

SAEN has filed a formal complaint against the university regarding the two incidents, calling for a "major penalty" against the school.

UL, however, maintains that the school self-reported both incidents and that the technician who improperly grabbed the primate was disciplined and retrained.

UL officials also said the U.S. Department of Agriculture branch that regulates laboratory animals told UL in a letter that "there is no cause for further action." 

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