LAFAYETTE/NEW IBERIA, LA – The University of Louisiana, Lafayette (ULL), is the target of a new ‘Official Complaint’ filed by the Research Watchdog group SAEN (Stop Animal Exploitation NOW!) following an 8-monkey escape. A federal record obtained by SAEN reveals the 2018 jailbreak, in which one monkey was on the loose for two days.
Previous accounts of the 2018 escape had disclosed that only one monkey had escaped.
A federal report from September 2018, obtained by SAEN, who monitors U.S. research facilities for illegal activity and animal abuse, documents the 8-monkey escape. The report was acquired via FOIA.
SAEN has filed an Official Complaint with the USDA, calling for the maximum penalty of $10,000 per infraction/per animal.
The University of Louisiana, Lafayette, has been previously been fined four times by the USDA since 2007, with the most recent penalty of $100,000 coming in 2017. The earlier fines were: $38,571 in 2013, $18,000 in 2010, and $2062 in 2007.
“The University of Louisiana, Lafayette, is amazingly inept,” said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., SAEN’s executive director. “It is unbelievable that a primate lab which has been in existence since the 1950s is still incapable of simply keeping the monkeys confined in enclosures.”
SAEN’s Official Complaint, which contains the relevant federal report, is available upon request from SAEN.