Yesterday, UL Lafayette officials held a press conference at the New Iberia Research Center to address allegations of primate abuse raised recently by the Humane Society of the United States and aired on Nightline.
Though ULL and research center officials were contacted by ABC Nightline in February about the allegations, Wednesday was the first time they viewed the footage.
Julie Dronet, ULL public relations director, said the segment was a “gotcha” story and that ABC Nightline was not upfront about its footage or the allegations.
On Thursday, ULL and NIRC officials called a news conference to respond to the footage that ULL President Joseph Savoie described as “disturbing” to watch without the context provided by research staff. The center and university maintained its defense of its practices and animal care.
In its piece, "UL fights back," The Advertiser notes: "Not all areas of NIRC, including some of its indoor housing, were included in Thursday's tour. Officials said some labs were off-limits for medical reasons."
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.
Philip deMahy Sr., a once respected New Iberia ad exec, was sentenced May 2 to spend the next two years (he faced up to 100 years) in a state penitentiary after state and federal investigators found dozens of images depicting children engaged in lewd sexual acts on his personal computer.