Jun 23, 2011 9:27 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A May 31 report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service alleges the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's New Iberia Research Center violated a federal regulation in connection with the deaths of three Rhesus monkeys.
NIRC Director Thomas Rowell told The Advertiser on Wednesday the monkeys, all one- to two year-old yearlings, died after they were "accidentally blocked" in a chute connecting two outdoor cages.
Rowell said the monkeys were found on May 26.
The USDA report states the three monkeys' bodies had begun to decompose inside the enclosed metal chute and the NIRC did not follow Animal Welfare Act regulations requiring daily observation.
Rowell said the NIRC's senior management is investigating as well as the university's Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.