CRUELTY FREE INTERNATIONAL: The evidence from our findings has lifted the lid on the secrecy that continues to surround the use of animals in these outdated tests throughout Europe.
DAVE BURKE: ‘Cowering in fear, terrified beagles are packed into tiny cages inside a German lab, fearful of the painful experiments they face. These shocking images, taken by an undercover animal rights activist, appear to show dogs nursing injuries at the facility – where sickening experiments were also carried out on monkeys…
Pictures taken in October show beagles crammed into small metallic containers at the site in Mienenbüttel, run by the Laboratory of Pharmacology and Toxicology (LPT). One image shows a dog lying on its side with what seems to be blood on its legs. In another picture, a lab worker is seen holding a dog while another pushes a tube into its mouth.
A further heartbreaking picture shows an animal on the floor inside a metal cage wrapped in fabric, with what looks like blood on its front. The pictures were supplied to Mirror Online by charity Cruelty Free International (CFI). In October CFI, along with rights group Soko Tierschutz, released harrowing footage showing monkeys with their heads held in harnesses screaming in terror.
Today German authorities announced that the facility must close, and all the animals inside will be rehomed. LPT has been given two weeks to hand over all the remaining 96 dogs which are currently there. In a statement CFI said 49 cats and 80 dogs have already been rescued.
Cruelty Free International’s director of public affairs, Kerry Postlewhite, said: “We are delighted that the authorities have taken action to hold LPT accountable. “The levels of animal cruelty and breaches of law exposed by our investigation are totally unacceptable. The evidence from our findings has lifted the lid on the secrecy that continues to surround the use of animals in these outdated tests and highlights the need for a review of toxicity testing throughout Europe”.’ SOURCE…