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Citation against Wake Forest Baptist over monkey escape at standstill

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FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — A citation against Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center alleging that the center violated the Animal Welfare Act is at a standstill as Wake Forest appeals the decision.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported that the U.S. Department of Agriculture cited the medical center in August after People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals filed a complaint over the escape of a female monkey from the medical center’s primate center last summer.

PETA is criticizing the awarding of two grants since then to do more research that the group says involves cruel treatment of monkeys.

The 16-year-old monkey roamed southern Forsyth County and northern Davidson County for almost two weeks, garnering national attention and inspiring parodies on Twitter and Facebook. The monkey was finally captured by Lexington police in the backyard of a house on Frye Bridge Road.

The citation has not resulted in any fines or penalties against Wake Forest Baptist because the medical center is appealing the decision, said David Sacks, a spokesman for the Agriculture Department.

“It’s still an ongoing matter, and it has not been fully resolved,” he said, according to The Journal.

Read full story: The Winston-Salem Journal.

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