- Associated Press - Saturday, January 2, 2016

YEMASSEE, S.C. (AP) - The federal government is investigating a South Carolina facility that breeds monkeys for research.

U.S. Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Tonya Espinoza told The Beaufort Gazette (https://bit.ly/1Rcl94V ) the investigation at Alpha Genesis began in May. She says there’s no timetable. Possible outcomes range from warnings to license revocation.

She did not give a reason for the investigation. But the newspaper reports Saturday it began a month after a USDA inspection.

Alpha Genesis CEO Greg Westergaard says he’s unaware of an open investigation and his company complies with federal law.

Records show the company that’s home to roughly 5,000 monkeys reported the deaths and injuries of 12 monkeys between January and October of 2014.

Stop Animal Exploitation Now, a nonprofit that doesn’t want animals used in research, wants the company shut down.

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Information from: The Beaufort Gazette, https://www.beaufortgazette.com

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