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DAVIS, CA - An animal rights group out of Ohio claimes that a UC Davis monkey was found dead hanging by a bungee cord and that the corpse of another was left untended long enough to develop maggots.

Stop Animal Exploitation Now is in the midst of what it bills as the "Open the Cages Tour,' with a planned stop at the UC Davis Primate Center on Thursday.Other protest sites have included San Diego and Los Angeles.

For its part, UC Davis issued the following statement Wednesday:

"Animals housed at the California National Primate Research Center receive the best veterinary care, and the research program is strictly regulated by law.The faculty and staff who work with animals are committed to high quality care and animal welfare."

UC Davisalso cited the advances it has made in its research for the treatment of HIV/AIDS, autism and alzheimer's.

By Jonathan Mumm, jmumm@news10.net