An investigation by Cruelty Free International, known for fighting animal testing, revealed the horrific suffering of dogs and monkeys in a German pharmacology and toxicology laboratory. The graphic shows dogs bleeding on the floor and monkeys routinely abusing them. They also perform tests on cats and rabbits.
An investigation by Cruelty Free International in collaboration with SOKO Tierschutz at the Hamburg Laboratory of Pharmacology and Toxicology (LPT) revealed horrific animal abuse. The organization believes they violate both European and German animal testing laws.
LPT is a family-owned laboratory that as an outsourcer performs toxicological tests for pharmaceutical, industrial and agrochemical companies worldwide to meet the requirements of governments and regulatory authorities. This testing involves poisoning animals to determine what amount of a chemical or drug is sufficient to cause serious harm – thus trying to measure what is a “safe” dose for humans. Animals are injected or forced to eat a substance that intensifies over time. This causes vomiting, internal bleeding, respiratory problems, fever, weight loss, skin problems, lethargy, and even organ failure and death. They are not offered anesthetics or painkillers.
In the LPT lab, tests are performed on monkeys, cats, dogs and rabbits, in an apparently inhumane way, the organization said. Among other things, the investigation also found seriously ill dogs, even just before the death, and monkeys attached to barbarian extension devices.
The organization notes that systematic animal poisoning is common in European laboratories. “Our investigation revealed horrific animal abuse, inadequate care and consequently serious violations of European and German laws,” said Michelle Thew, executive director of Cruelty Free International. It called for the closure of the laboratory and the extensive monitoring of toxicological testing in European laboratories. “Each of our investigations, without exception, shows a similar story and disrespect for the law,” the director added. The organization also warned that each animal reacts differently to the same substance, and that these tests cannot be assumed to be reliable indications of how safe it is for humans.
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