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Spurred Monkey Maimings, Watchdog Group Demands Tour of Alpha Genesis – Files Federal Complaint

For Immediate Release

Friday May 1, 2008

Contact: Michael Budkie 513-703-9865; 513-575-5517 (cell)


Attn: Assignment Desk


Spurred by Monkey Maimings, Watchdog Group Demands Tour of Alpha Genesis – Files Federal Complaint


Beaufort/Charleston, SC – A national research Watchdog organization has demanded a tour of the Alpha Genesis facilities in Yemassee, SC.   A Federal complaint has also been filed against Alpha Genesis with the United States Department of Agriculture.


The controversy swirling around the Alpha Genesis laboratory is based on the maiming of primates within this laboratory.  Documents obtained from Alpha Genesis customers have revealed the dismemberment of 4 primates.  Medical records reveal that all 4 of these animals were missing fingers and/or toes.


Significant information has also been provided by a whistleblower from the Alpha-Genesis facility, alleging substantial negligence by Alpha Genesis staff.  


The complaint alleges abuse of primates at the large facility, as well as utilization of unqualified personnel, and carelessness in the November death of an infant primate at the facility. 


“According to our source a young female primate died of negligence at the Alpha Genesis lab late in 2007,” said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director, SAEN.  “Apparently when this animal died all of her bones were readily visible.  It appears that she had been starved.”


Other issues at the lab center around unqualified staff and the decomposition of primates after death.  According to the inside source, primates are deliberately left outside in the elements after death to allow partial decomposition of the corpse to prevent accurate post-mortem analysis. 


 “Many serious concerns have arisen about this facility,” added Budkie.  “It is time for CEO Greg Westergaard to step up to the plate and let the public know what is going on inside this facility.”


SAEN has contacted Alpha Genesis to arrange the tour as well as the USDA to demand an investigation of all allegations of abuse and negligence. 



See: Alpha-Genesis, Yemassee, SC for more information
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