Federal officials seek no further action in Research Center primate incident

Stop Animal Exploitation NOW!
S. A. E. N.
Media Coverage
"Exposing the truth to wipe out animal experimentation"

Please contact Dr. Robert Gibbens to demand a major fine against the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, for fatally electrocuting one primate and fracturing a limb of another monkey.

Dr. Robert Gibbens
Director, Western Region USDA/APHIS/AC
2150 Center Ave. Building B, Mailstop 3W11
Fort Collins, CO 80526-8117
(970) 494-7478
[email protected]


Federal officials seek no further action in Research Center primate incident

From TheVermillon.com, Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Officials at the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare decided against taking action in light of accidents at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s New Iberia Research Center following one primate’s death and another primate’s loss of a hind limb.

Both incidents occurred in late 2013; the first primate was electrocuted in October after workers tested heaters in anticipation of cold fall weather. The primate came into contact with a metal junction box that touched a copper electric wire. Improvements were made after the incident, according to UL Lafayette Research vice president Dr. Ramesh Kolluru.

The NIRC also provided a new standard operating procedure and training for NIRC personnel in December.

The research center also reported the injury of another primate in November when a technician fractured the animal’s hind limb in an attempt to pick it up. The NIRC veterinary staff decided that amputation was the best treatment, due to the injury and the animal’s age. According to the University, the technician at fault was reprimanded and retrained.

In letters to Kolluru, OLAW animal welfare program specialist Dr. Brent Morse said the University’s reporting kept up with philosophy of self regulation and there was “no cause for further action.”

“We appreciate being informed of this matter and find no cause for further action by this office,” said Morse said in one of the letters, according to the University webpage. 

See also:

Return to Media Coverage

We welcome your comments and questions