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Report: USDA finds violations of animal welfare act at labs

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AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has reported five violations of federal animal welfare law at Georgia Regents University research labs.

The Augusta Chronicle reports that USDA inspectors found the majority of macaques were not being housed in pairs as typically required for primates and that a researcher wasn't properly documenting food restriction in one experiment (http://bit.ly/1MTw7Ha).

University officials say the inspections found no instances of illegal activity or negligence and it will continue to pursue "high standards of animal care."

The February inspection report says the facilities have until this month to correct record-keeping problems and until April to make other repairs.

The newspaper says USDA representatives typically return for re-inspections. A watchdog group is urging the agency to issue its harshest fines against the facilities.

Information from: The Augusta Chronicle , http://www.augustachronicle.com

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