- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 14, 2014

BOSTON (AP) - An animal rights group has filed a lawsuit seeking the identities of companies, universities and individuals involved in importing monkeys into the state in 2013.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals first sought the information in February through a Freedom of Information Act request to the state’s Department of Agricultural Resources.

A lawsuit filed by PETA Tuesday in Suffolk Superior Court Tuesday alleges that the department withheld the information on documents it released to PETA and failed to provide an adequate justification for doing so.

PETA contends that many of the 141 monkeys imported into the state in 2013 were likely headed to laboratories for invasive and painful experiments.

The Department of Agricultural Resources did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

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