Monkeys scream out in pain in secret footage recorded at ‘German lab’

Strapped in with metal harnesses and kept in tiny containers, this horrific footage and pictures shows the treatment of monkeys and dogs, allegedly held in a German laboratory. They were revealed by animal rights activists and have sparked calls for a change to laws in the EU and UK. There are also cats and dogs that appear to be bleeding and dying after toxicity testing in the lab which is in Mienenbuttel, Lower Saxony, according to organisation Soko Tierschutz and Cruelty Free International. An undercover worker from the two organisations filmed the conditions at the LPT Laboratory of Pharmacology and Toxicology. They said they saw toxicology tests being carried out on beagles, monkeys, cats and rabbits.

Monkeys appeared to be trapped in metal harnesses in the lab (Picture: Cruelty Free International/CEN)

One of them appears to scream out as the lab faces condemnation (Picture: Cruelty Free International/CEN)

The undercover worker said the animals were kept in horrific conditions. Beagles reportedly had pipes forced down their throats and were given capsules, and were left suffering and often bleeding following the experiments.

Friedrich Mülln from 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, others have their heads in restraints and are shown desperately trying to escape. According to the undercover activist, the animals are treated with violence by the workers, who are not trained animal carers.

A beagle has a pipe shoved down its throat and capsules forced down (Picture: Cruelty Free International/CEN)

Many of them had their heads in restraints with others desperately trying to escape (Picture: Cruelty Free International/CEN)

The cats are reportedly often given up to 13 injections per day by untrained professionals and left to suffer. The animal activists have reported the case to police who are investigating. They also claim the laws in Germany protecting animals from experiments are not strict enough and call for the laws to be tightened. LPT is a family-owned contract-testing laboratory carrying out toxicity testing for pharmaceutical, industrial and agro-chemical companies from all over the world in order to meet the requirements of governments and regulatory authorities. 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.

An undercover activist managed to get a job at the lab and filmed the animals (Picture: Cruelty Free International/CEN)

‘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.’ Michelle Thew, Chief Executive of Cruelty Free International stated: ‘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 lab has not yet commented on the footage.