German lab investigated for ‘cruel’ treatment of animals during testing

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TORONTO — A German laboratory is below investigation for its treatment of animals after secretly recorded video allegedly confirmed canines laying in bloody cages and technicians roughly dealing with monkeys being subjected to toxicology assessments.

The video reportedly exhibits employees on the Laboratory of Pharmacology and Toxicology (LPT) close to Hamburg, Germany, grabbing macaque monkeys by the neck and restraining the primates in steel harnesses. The monkeys are aggressively dealt with by the technicians during assessments involving needles and tubes.

The primates are stored in very small cages and allegedly could be seen spinning and leaping round in what the narrator describes as compulsive and irregular behaviours.  

LPT, which is a lab that conducts toxicity testing for pharmaceutical and industrial firms, has obtained sharp criticism for the “immoral” treatment of the animals.    

A joint investigation by Cruelty Free International, a U.K.-based animal safety group, and SOKO Tierschutz, a German animal safety group, was carried out during 2018 and 2019. An investigator labored as an animal keeper on the LPT laboratory to seize the undercover footage.

LPT didn’t instantly reply to InternetNews’ request for remark. The laboratory did inform The Germany Press Agency they have been co-operating with the authorities for the investigation. 

The investigation concluded that beagles have been “left to suffer when it was clear that they were very ill and even dying; dogs kept in barren housing; monkeys wrenched from their cages and restrained in barbaric devices; gratuitous cruelty and lack of overnight care,” in accordance with Cruelty Free International’s web site. In the video, employees will also be seen dealing with and conducting assessments on cats.

Dr. Katy Taylor, director of science and regulatory affairs at Cruelty Free International, instructed CTVNews.ca their investigation “lifted the lid on the secrecy surrounding the use of animals in regulatory toxicity testing and exposed LPT of failing to properly apply the 3R’s (Replacement, Reduction and Refinement) and observe the minimum level of care and protection to animals which is mandatory under EU and German legislation.”

Taylor stated it’s “imperative” that their findings will not be dismissed as an remoted incident and that this sort of testing has “no place in a civilized society.”

The German Animal Welfare Act permits animal analysis, when the purpose of such experiments can’t be reached utilizing different strategies. The act states that “no one may cause an animal pain, suffering or harm without good reason.”

Animal rights organizations are referring to the treatment of the animals within the video as “torture.”

“In the video we see primates who appear to be Japanese macaque monkeys being brutally treated,” Vicki Van Linden, board member of Animal Alliance of Canada, instructed CTVNews.ca.“The animals are being slammed round, confined in harsh restraints and their cries are ignored. We see cats cry out and canines who seem close to demise. “

Linden known as the treatment of the animals within the video as “torture.”

“It’s likely that these abuses happen all around the world, including Canada,” she stated.

Cruelty Free International is looking for a direct assessment of animal laws regarding toxicology testing in Europe.

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