Monkeys tortured in lab experiments
WARNING: Graphic images depicting animal cruelty
Shocking footage shows the harrowing treatment of monkeys and dogs at a lab used for experiments in Germany.
According to activist groups, monkeys were strapped in metal harnesses and kept in tiny containers, while cats and dogs were left bleeding and dying following toxicity testing at the laboratory in Mienenbuttel, near the city of Hamburg.
The graphic footage was obtained by an undercover worker at LPT Laboratory of Pharmacology and Toxicology as part of the joint operation by animal rights organisations Soko Tierschutz and Cruelty Free International.
It is not known when the footage was shot.
Toxicology tests were carried out on beagles, monkeys, cats and rabbits, the covert worker alleges.
These alleged tests were carried out for companies in Germany as well as worldwide, it has been claimed.
The undercover worker alleges the animals were kept in horrific conditions, while dogs had pipes forced down their throats.
It's also claimed beagles were left suffering and often bleeding following the experiments.
Friedrich Mulln, of Soko Tierschutz, 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."
Photos show the monkeys strapped to seats in rows on the wall, while others have their heads in restraints.
According to the undercover activist, the animals are treated violently by the workers, who are not trained animal carers.
The cats are often given up to 13 injections per day by untrained professionals and left to suffer, it's been claimed.
Police have been alerted to conditions at the lab and are investigating.
The activists also claim the laws in Germany protecting animals from experiments are not strict enough.
LPT is a family-owned laboratory carrying out toxicity testing for pharmaceutical, industrial and agrochemical companies from all over the world.
The company says it carries out its research "in accordance with national and international guidelines".
According to the organisation 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."
Cruelty Free International chief executive Michelle Thew said: "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."
The Sun contacted LPT for comment.
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