Watchdog group files federal complaint on Yemassee primate research lab
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Watchdog group files federal complaint on Yemassee primate research lab

From Tony Fortier-Bensen, ABCNews4.com, July 22, 2020

A national animal abuse watchdog nonprofit group has filed a federal complaint against a primate research lab in Yemassee, according to a press release.

SAEN (Stop Animal Exploitation Now), an Ohio-based national watchdog nonprofit, said that they uncovered an internal document that alleges Alpha Genesis said 10 monkeys have died in 12 months, six by "crush injury," and four by "sepsis," which is death by harmful microorganisms in the blood or tissue that leads to body organs malfunctioning.

Now, SAEN said they filed a federal complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture that Alpha Genesis broke federal laws on treatment of animals, veterinary care and animal handling.

In response, Alpha Genesis said in an email to ABC News 4 that those reports are from "routine necropsy reports, similar to autopsy reports in humans."

They added, "The medical terminology used represents injuries that animals sustained most directly from fights with other animals in large social groupings. All animals received appropriate veterinary care. These types of injuries are a by-product of animals living together in breeding groups, and similar injuries routinely occur in nature as a result of fights, most occurring from social dominance interactions. While we do everything possible to minimize such occurrences they are inherent to primate social behavior under group-living conditions."

Lastly, they said it is a "false narrative from an extremist group."

In their most recent USDA report on February 19, 2020, officials said that they were in full compliance with all federal regulations in the Animal Welfare Act.

ABC News 4 has also reached out the USDA for more comment.

Previously, Alpha Genesis had to pay a $12,600 federal fine in 2017 for the deaths of three primates and 28 escapes.

The nonprofit is hoping the research lab receives a maximum penalty of $10,000 per infraction per animal.

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