University pays penalty in primate deaths

3/1/2013 9:00 AM
By Associated Press

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — The University of Louisiana at Lafayette paid a penalty of $38,571 to the U.S. Department of Agriculture after the agency's investigation of the deaths of three primates in 2011 and the injury of a chimpanzee last year at the university's New Iberia Research Center.

University officials said in a news release received by The Advocate (http://bit.ly/XfhTup ) on Friday that the New Iberia Research Center officials self-reported the incidents in 2011 and 2012.

On May 26, 2011, the remains of three rhesus macaques were discovered in the chute of an outdoor cage where the animals were housed.

In April 2012, a chimpanzee housed in an indoor enclosure injured its hand and arm after it reached through a drain opening that connected to an outdoor chimpanzee enclosure.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com


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