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A prominent animal rights group asked U.S. authorities to investigate leading medical research labs for allegedly violating federal law after finding dozens of instances where nearly 2,000 monkeys were shipped between facilities without required veterinary inspections.

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals cited documents obtained from several state agencies that indicated timely inspections did not take place before or after the monkeys were shipped across state lines. These documents must be completed no more than 10 days before monkeys are delivered. Carriers may only accept monkeys for shipping if they are accompanied by a valid veterinary inspection certificates.

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