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At a German laboratory, undercover footage was filmed by animal rights activists revealing monkeys and dogs suffering abuse.
The horrifing clips have been released by German animal rights organization Soko Tierschutz and Cruelty Free International, who allege to have uncovered monkeys being strapped into metal harnesses and kept in tiny containers at the lab in Mienenbüttel in Neu Wulmstorf, Lower Saxony.
Both cats and dogs were left bleeding and dying after toxicity testing.
The footage was obtained thanks to a joint operation which saw an undercover worker secure a job at the lab after the LPT Laboratory of Pharmacology and Toxicology put out an advert for new employees in Autumn 2018.
Friedrich Mülln from Soko Tierschutz said:
“In 2013, we also tried to get a job there, but were not successful. From December 2018 to March 2019, the undercover investigator worked in the lab.”
Reportedly, the undercover worker saw toxicology testing on animals – including beagles, monkeys, cats and rabbits – supposedly carried out for companies in Germany as well as worldwide.
The animals were allegedly kept in awful conditions.
Beagles allegedly had pipes forced down their throats and were given capsules prior to being left to bleed and suffer following the experiments.
“The animals were even still waggling their tails when they were being taken to be killed, the dogs were desperate for human contact.”
In addition, photos reveal monkeys strapped to seats in rows along the wall white others had their heads in restraints.
“The worst treatment was kept for the monkeys. The macaques breed of monkeys are small, relatively light primates, which are often used for animal experiments at LPT. They are kept in cramped conditions in small cages. Many of the animals have developed compulsive tendencies and are seen going round in circles.”
Meanwhile, the cats are reportedly given up to 13 injections per day by untrained professionals and left to die.
The undercover activist in addition shared how the animals are treated with violence by the workers, all of which who are not trained animal carers.
LPT is a family-owned contract-testing laboratory carrying out toxicity testing for pharmaceutical, the industrial and agro-chemical companies from all over the world, according to Cruelty Free International.
Cruelty Free International said:
“Toxicity testing involves poisoning animals to see how much of a chemical or drug it takes to cause serious harm, in an attempt to measure what a ‘safe’ dose for humans might be.”
“Animals are injected with or made to eat or inhale increasing amounts of a substance to measure the toxic effects which can be severe and include vomiting, internal bleeding, respiratory distress, fever, weight loss, lethargy, skin problems, organ failure and even death. No [anesthetics] or pain relief are provided.”
Chief Executive of Cruelty Free International, Michelle Thew, stated:
“Our investigation has uncovered appalling animal suffering, inadequate care, poor practices and breaches of European and German law.”
She continued on, sharing:
“We are calling for the Laboratory of Pharmacology and Toxicology (LPT) to be closed. We are also calling for a comprehensive review into the use of animals in regulatory toxicity testing in Europe, including the UK. Every investigation, without fail, shows a similar tale of misery and disregard of the law.”
The police are currently investigating the police thanks to the animal activists. In addition, they are vetting for laws in Germany to strengthen animal protection.