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Very disturbing imagery from the German Laboratory of Pharmacology (LPT) and Toxicology in Mienenbuttel, near Hamburg, has recently surfaced.
Video footage was allegedly taken by an undercover activist from inside the facility which shows violent animal abuse. Reportedly, in the facility (scroll down to watch video) monkeys are strapped into metal harnesses for tests, tied up in brackets in rows on the walls, while dogs are bleeding seemingly after carried out experiments.
Moreover, dogs are pictured laying in what is considered to be their own blood, while cats are allegedly said to be given 13 injections of harmful substances on a daily basis.
The undercover footage, published by Cruelty Free International and Soko Tierschutz, from the Laboratory of Pharmacology and Toxicology (LPT) was allegedly taken by an activist who got a job at the research laboratory from December 2018 to March 2019.
Furthermore, the activist allegedly claims that he witnessed tests, which were being carried out for companies worldwide, targeted beagles, as well as monkeys, cats, and rabbits. Conditions of the testings are also considered by him to be horrific.
Reportedly, beagles have had pipes stuck down their throats, were made to ingest capsules and were oftentimes seen bleeding afterward. The undercover activist also declares that the workers, who were not animal caretakers, treated them violently.
Local regulation authorities in the face of the Lower Saxony State Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety have, as a result, filed charges for the alleged violations against animal protection laws.
Moreover, as reported by MailOnline, the Minister for Agriculture Barbara Otte-Kinast said the following in regards to the situation:
‘If these allegations prove to be true, they would have to be punished and quick consequences be put in place.’
If the allegations are proven to be indeed truthful, the laboratory’s license will be revoked and it would be forced to make an immediate close.
Therefore, as a result of this footage being released to the public, local inspectors from the Harburg area, LAVES, conducted a check on the facility. After the fact, they claimed only some of the allegations coming from animal rights activists to be true. For instance, those being that the ‘cages were far too small, just as the activists claimed,’ as per the words of one spokesperson.
Therefore, the veterinary inspection office has been questioned as to why they did not discover any ‘violent irregularities’. To this, they have replyed with the reassurance that they are looking into the matter and that the ‘laboratory will now get the opportunity to fulfill the correct procedures and will receive a fine.’
To further the activists’ point, however, Friedrich Mullen from Soko Tierschutz has said:
‘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.’
Furthermore, activists advocate for German laws protecting animals against testing to be tightened, as they are reportedly not strict enough.
According to Cruelty Free International:
‘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 anaesthetics or pain relief are provided.’
Consequently, Michelle Thew, Chief Executive of Cruelty Free International stated the following:
‘Our investigation has uncovered appalling animal suffering, inadequate care, poor practices and breaches of European and German law.
‘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,’ she said.
The video footage of the disturbing scenes in the laboratory is available for you to watch below.