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PETA files complaint after five monkeys accidentally killed in HIV experiment

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Omaha, NE (Meredith/KPTM/CNN) -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has filed an official complaint against the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) after five monkeys died during an experiment.

"We're still fact-finding, we're still under investigation as to exactly what happened and how it happened," said Dr. John Bradfield, an attending veterinarian with UNMC.

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All ten monkeys were injected with a drug cocktail used for HIV research, but whatever happened left five of the ten monkeys dead.

"What happened was just outrageous, this was extreme neglect," said Dr. Alka Chandna with PETA. "They were injected with the wrong drug and consequently any data that's going to come from these experiments is entirely useless."

Chandna said the lives of those five monkeys were wasted, but UNMC said there was no neglect at all on their part. The manufacturer made a mistake with the drugs and sent the wrong one.

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PETA has since filed two complaints with the US Department of Agriculture and the National Institutes of Health. UNMC said their investigation into what happened should be wrapped up soon then they will have a better idea of how it happened and how to prevent it in the future.

Bradfield said it took nearly five months for researchers to realize the drug was wrong but once they did, they immediately stopped the study and reported themselves to the Animal Care and Use Committee.

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UNMC has confirmed the remaining five monkeys involved in the study are fine.

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