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A recent investigation by Cruelty Free International and SOKO Tierschutz revealed horrific cruelty at the Laboratory of Pharmacology and Toxicology (LPT) in Lower Saxony, Germany. LPT is a family owned lab carrying out toxicity tests for European and global authorities on behalf of pharmaceutical, industrial, and agrochemical companies. What was found is truly horrific and heartbreaking.
Monkeys, dogs, and cats were all found in incredibly stressful and painful situations. They can be seen in the video below suffering immensely. They scream and shout in pain and fear as they are repeatedly injected, force fed, and brutally handled.
Warning: the video below contains very graphic content that may be distressing to most viewers.
As Cruelty Free International explained to One Green Planet: “Some of the monkeys were lying huddled on the wire floor of their tiny prisons, while others showed stereotypic behaviour, turning in circles, pacing fast back and forth indicative of extremely high levels of stress. Some cowered at the approach of a human showing pronounced fear response and sometimes screaming. Each monkey had a metal collar around the neck. Some shots showed monkeys forced to stand upright, legs tied together, and arms outstretched, virtually crucified. One shot showed a monkey’s mouth being forced open while a tube was pushed down into the stomach and liquid injected into the tube.”
No animal should have to suffer the way these animals do for the pharmaceutical and other industries. In the findings, cats can be seen screaming in pain when being repeatedly injected. They were injected with doses of toxic chemicals and then had blood drawn up to twelve times in ten hours. They have bruises, are bloodied, and are kept in small cages all alone. The dogs are force fed and they lie in puddles of blood lifeless. The monkeys huddle together in the corners of the cages absolutely terrified.
They’re also wrangled like they’re not even living beings. There is no respect or regard for their lives. When they are wrestled around and brutally handled, they have an expression of complete fear and they scream but no matter what, the testing goes on and their suffering continues.
In response to the findings, renown primatologist Jane Goodall says: “what I have seen in this video is some of the most callous, inhumane and brutal behaviour by humans towards the primates, dogs and cats kept at this laboratory. It is nothing but living hell. Such a situation does not belong in the 21st century and must be stopped. No more invasive biomedical testing should be performed on sentient and complex animals like primates, dogs and cats. Even rats have been proved highly intelligent and capable of feeling fear and pain. Animals can’t talk for themselves, so we need to be their voices and bring their plight out into the daylight.”
We agree. Please share these findings with everyone you know and speak up for these animals. The Lower Saxony Ministry of Agriculture will be suspending new animal studies and reviewing existing experiments at the contract testing facility, but now it’s come to light that the laboratory may be hiding animals so that the truth won’t be uncovered by further investigations.
Sign this petition by Cruelty Free International to add your voice to the thousands of people who are uniting to speak up for these innocent animals.
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