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The medical center has a troubled history with animals. Last year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture cited the facility for 160 violations of federal animal protection laws during research projects done between August 2008 and June 2009. However, most of those violations involved procedural and paperwork violations, not animal treatment. The USDA fined the center $62,500.
Stop Animal Exploitation Now is asking the USDA for a full investigation of primate treatment and "the most serious action allowable" if wrongdoing is found. The USDA is looking into the complaint.
In March, an activist in Maine created a "Wanted" poster
targeting the so-called crimes of two researchers at KU Med. Local animal rights activist Jason Miller has offered a $35,000 reward to anyone who can free KU Med's primates or end the research.
Miller added a disclaimer: He "is not endorsing, condoning, promoting,
or encouraging the
commission of illegal or violent acts to achieve the goals necessary to
earn this reward."
KU Med has told activists to stay away or face criminal trespassing charges.