USDA Decides To Publish Primate Petition For Public Comment

In response to a petition we filed on May 7, 2014 asking the USDA to promulgate better standards for the psychological well-being of primates used in research (see May 7, 2014 blog entry), the USDA has responded that “the issues raised in the petition are important,” and hence that the agency will publish the petition in the Federal Register “in the near future to solicit public comment.”  A copy of the letter can be found here. The Petition was filed on May 7, 2014 on behalf of the New England Anti-Vivisection Society, the North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance, the Laboratory Primate Advocacy Group, and the Animal Legal Defense Fund.