UL-Lafayette to pay USDA $100k over primate lab complaints

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana university has agreed to pay $100,000 to settle six complaints about its primate lab. The settlement says the University of Louisiana at Lafayette does not admit any wrongdoing at its New Iberia Research Center.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture complaint in March said lab workers broke one monkey’s arm but didn’t check it for five days, and another monkey died from a brain hemorrhage after injuring its hand between its cage and another structure.

A statement Friday from the university says it reported most of the incidents, which it describes as “events that occurred as part of routine housing and care of nonhuman primates.”  Michael Budkie of Stop Animal Exploitation Now says the agreement became public Friday on the USDA website, although it was signed May 8.

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