USDA Fines Alpha Genesis for Violations of Animal-Welfare Laws

The U.S. Department of Agriculture fined primate dealer Alpha Genesis $12,600 for violations of federal animal-welfare laws, including failing to handle animals humanely and failing to cage monkeys safely and securely. The investigation and resulting fine were prompted by a complaint filed by PETA that negligence and incompetence at Alpha Genesis had resulted in numerous injuries and deaths of monkeys imprisoned at the South Carolina facility.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind