PETA protesting studies on primates after monkey escapes

Monkeys at Wake Forest Primate Center in 2008. (Credit: LAUREN CARROLL/JOURNAL)

Monkeys at Wake Forest Primate Center in 2008. (Credit: LAUREN CARROLL/JOURNAL)

CLEMMONS, N.C. — The nonprofit animal-rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is pouncing on a local incident involving a missing monkey from the Wake Forest Primate Center, to make their case overall against medical testing on animals.

“Any medical experiment on any animal is legal, no matter how invasive, painful or duplicative it is, as long as the right paperwork is filled out,” said Justin Goodman, associate director of laboratory investigations for PETA. “Under current laws, this is all legal, but whether it is ethical is another question.”

An 8-pound macaque monkey escaped two barriers in the center on Friday and has been on the run in the Clemmons area ever since.

Forsyth County animal control officers and workers from the center have been searching for the monkey, setting traps with food and following leads as residents in neighborhoods have reported several sightings.

Officials have warned residents not to interact with the monkey if they come across it.

Late in the day Wednesday, the monkey still had not been found.

Animal control officer Joey Bowman saw the monkey perched on a tree limb about 100 feet up Monday night near Clemmons and tried to capture it by shooting it with a tranquilizer rifle, but the darts could not reach that far up.

This article was written by Anette Fuller and originally published by The Winston-Salem Journal. Click here to read the full story.

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