- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 4, 2007

ATLANTA (AP) — An Atlanta animal-research center has paid a $15,000 fine after inspectors found animal care problems linked to the death of a macaque.

U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors documented the problems last year, after the animal’s death at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center. Yerkes officials denied any willful wrongdoing, but last week agreed to pay the penalty, USDA spokeswoman Jessica Milteer said.

A Yerkes spokeswoman said the center is committed to humane care for animals. “We deeply regret that an animal died,” said spokeswoman Lisa Newbern.

Yerkes — part of Emory University — is one of eight federally funded national primate research centers. It has about 3,400 primates and about 7,000 rodents at a 25-acre campus in Atlanta and a 117-acre field station in nearby Lawrenceville.

The fine is not enough, said Michael Budkie, executive director of Ohio-based Stop Animal Exploitation Now, who noted that the center received about $40 million last year in federal animal-research funds. “Why should Emory care about a $15,000 fine?” Mr. Budkie said.

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