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(US/ga) Bluffton veterinarian involved in controversial primate testing industry

A Bluffton veterinarian doubles as a transporter of primates for medical research -- a practice considered controversial because of the animals' more human capacity for suffering.

Paul Barras, a veterinarian at the Banfield Pet Hospital in the Bluffton PetSmart off U.S. 278, owns Barr Scientific Transport, a Beaufort-based company specializing in primate transport services between suppliers and labs.

The Animal Rights Foundation of Florida received a tip linking Barr Scientific Transport to two Florida-based suppliers, said Nick Atwood, spokesman for the group.

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