Maximum Tolerated Dose: A Promising New Documentary About Animal Testing

Maximum Tolerated Dose (MTD), a feature-length documentary, directed by One Green Planet Contributor, Karol Orzechowski (that is scheduled to be released in late Spring, 2012) charts the lives of both humans and non-humans who have experienced animal testing first-hand.

As the MTD website explains “The film features honest testimony of scientists and lab technicians whose ethics demanded they choose a different path, as well as the simultaneously heartwarming and heartbreaking stories of animals who have seen both sides of the cage. MTD aims to re-ignite the debate about animal testing by bringing these rarely-heard perspectives to the fore.”

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The filmmakers just released a a new trailer that focuses on one thread in the film. It tells the story of of Jerom (aka Chimp C-499), one of the first chimps to ever develop AIDS from being intentionally infected with human HIV. The story is narrated by Rachel Weiss, one of the lab technicians who worked with Jerom until his death on February 13th, 1996.

After Jerom’s death, Rachel stopped participating in animal testing and formed the Laboratory Primate Advocacy Group, a group that served not only to raise awareness about the lives of primates suffering in labs across the U.S., but also as an online support network for former lab workers, who had left their jobs as a conscientious objection.

To support the film click here and WATCH THE TRAILER BELOW: