An animal rights organization is suing UMass Amherst to force the release of video of experiments involving monkeys.
In its lawsuit, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, claims the university is attempting to “shield it’s activities from public scrutiny” by withholding video recordings of primate experiments conducted in their labs.
The university had claimed exemptions in the public records law allowed them to withhold the videos, but the public records division of the state secretary’s office ruled last May that the records could not be withheld.
UMass has the right to request reconsideration.
“I think the research would be good, but I think it would be better for them to be able to see inside those labs, and actually see what’s going on,” said UMass Sophomore Chras Franks.
“I agree with the research end, but I’m really surprised,” said UMass Sophomore Miles Campinha.
UMass Spokesperson Ed Blaguszewski said the university would not be commenting on pending litigation.