Disturbing footage recently leaked from a German pharmaceutical research lab shows monkeys screaming while essentially being tortured. Other animals including cats and dogs also seen bleeding, or in the process of dying in the graphic video.
Most of the footage that has been released focuses on the monkeys, who can be seen restrained with large metal bars that wrapped around their necks.
The footage was secretly recorded inside of the “Laboratory of Phramacology and Toxicology” or (LPT) in Hamburg, Germany. The facility was infiltrated by an animal rights activist who became employed with the company to gain access to secrets like those shown in the video.
The undercover “spy” who leaked the video was with the Soko Tierschutz and Cruelty Free International (CFI) animal rights organizations, but their name has not been released for their personal safety.
Other footage showed the animals confined to very small cages when the tests were not being conducted.
Friedrich Mülln from Soko Tierschutz described the appalling conditions to The Mirror, saying that, “The animals were even still waggling their tails when they were being taken to be killed, the dogs were desperate for human contact.”
“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,” he added.
The footage released to the media was 8 minutes in length and showed numerous animals being poisoned by various chemicals and drugs so the lab workers could estimate what a safe dosage for humans might be.
The undercover worker says that the animals were forced to eat or inhale larger and larger doses of particular chemicals so the effects could be measured. These tests reportedly resulted in a wide variety of harmful symptoms for the animals, including vomiting, fever, weight loss, organ failure, internal bleeding, and respiratory distress. For the vast majority of these animals, the experiments resulted in their deaths.
The animal rights activist who infiltrated the facility also said that the workers at the lab were often violent and abusive towards the animals, even outside of the brutal experiments.
Michelle Thew, CFI chief executive, says that this is a widespread problem at animal testing facilities.
“Our investigation has uncovered appalling animal suffering, inadequate care, poor practices and breaches of European and German law. We are calling for 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,” Thew said.
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Animal rights activist Carolin Iding has launched a petition for the lab to be shut down, and has gained over 193,000 signatures since it was launched on October 11.
“The recent research by the SOKO Animal Welfare to LPT shows again in horrible pictures and video recordings that in my city animals are tortured and maltreated,” the petition reads.
Last week, Truth Theory reported that a monkey attempted to escape a zoo in China by sharpening a rock and smashing through the glass. Unfortunately, the monkey never made it out of the zoo, and had all of their “weapons” confiscated by the staff.
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