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Robert Matson Conyers, Research Monkey Importer, Faces Cruelty Charges

Posted: 03/26/2012 10:05 am

VAN NUYS, Calif. (AP) — An importer of research monkeys is set for trial charged with cruelty after a deadly flight killed 15 monkeys and halted monkey imports to Los Angeles.

Robert Matson Conyers faces 10 charges of animal cruelty Monday involving a plane trip that moved monkeys from Guyana to Miami, Los Angeles, China, and back to Los Angeles.

An advocacy group says the trial is expected to shine a light into the secretive world of laboratory animal imports from around the world to the United States.

Stop Animal Cruelty Now says the animals were dehydrated and resorted to cannibalism during the ordeal.

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