Humane Society accuses GRU of mistreatment of primates

Humane Society accuses GRU of mistreatment of primates

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - The Humane Society of the United States is alleging Georgia Regents University mistreated nearly 50 rhesus monkeys being held at the school for research.

Georgia Regents University has responded with a statement:

"Research involving non-human primates is strictly regulated and those regulations are rigorously enforced to ensure humane treatment. Georgia Regents University is inspected annually by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the requirements of the Animal Welfare Act are certainly a focus of those inspections.

The GRU Internal Animal Care and Use Committee also inspects sites where non-human primates are housed twice a year.

Additionally, GRU voluntarily submits itself for accreditation and review by the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International, which is not required by the AWA. The university currently holds AAALAC international accreditation and has maintained consistent accreditation for more than 30 years."

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