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Animal rights group sues UC Davis, demanding videos of alleged abuse of monkeys

Our taxes are being used to terrorize infant monkeys. They are obligated under the law to release this video footage, and are fighting it because they apparently don’t want the public to see these monkeys’ misery.

NANETTE ASIMOV: ‘An animal rights group has sued UC Davis and the University of California to try and force the campus to release video footage and photographs of monkey experiments the group says must be made public under state law. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals says that papers published by researchers at UC Davis’ Primate Research Center suggest that they separated infant monkeys from their mothers, isolated them in cages, and subjected them to stressful situations — including forcing them to watch videos of aggressive monkeys…

In its suit filed in Yolo County Superior Court, PETA argues that public interest in the videos, photos and documentation is significant, and that they are “critical to understanding the nature of UC Davis’ primate experimentation program.” “Our tax dollars are being used to terrorize infant monkeys, and UC Davis is trying to keep it secret,” Kathy Guillermo, PETA’s senior vice president, said in a statement. “The university is obligated under the law to release this video footage, and they’re fighting it because they apparently don’t want the public to see these monkeys’ misery.”

PETA says it began requesting five years of video footage, photos and indexes of such visual records in late 2017, citing its right under the California Public Records Act to view the material. UC Davis provided 17 minutes of footage, including 10 minutes showing a monkey alone in a steel cage looking for a way out. But the campus cited a “researcher’s privilege” in declaring that’s all it had to supply’. SOURCE…

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