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Group seeks info on UMC’s animal research

From the Clarion-Ledger

February 27, 2007

By Leah Rupp
leah.rupp@clarionledger.com

A Cincinnati-based animal-rights activist group has filed a public records request with the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Mississippi.

The request, filed by Michael Budkie, director of Stop Animal Exploitation Now!, asks for copies of primate research protocol, as well as records of those housed there and what experimentation they have undergone including photos, DVDs or video tapes.

Several protesters gathered Monday on the State Street sidewalk in front of UMC calling for the release of a monkey currently being held there.

The monkey, an 8-year-old macaque named Mowgli, had been at the University of Connecticut before coming to UMC in October.

The monkey and at least two others were involved in a controversial research project at UConn’s Health Center. The other monkeys are dead.

Activists want Mowgli released to an animal sanctuary.

UConn student Justin Goodman said, “We hope that the administration recognizes that Mowgli has experienced insurmountable grief and trauma and chooses to exercise some compassion.”

In a written statement issued in early January, UMC officials said the monkey “is in excellent health ... Like all animals owned by the Medical Center, he receives daily care by a well-trained veterinary staff.”

That statement still stands, public information officers at the university said today.

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