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Animal lab where screaming monkeys were chained to walls allowed to reopen

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An animal testing laboratory where horrific experiments were carried out on animals including monkeys, cats and dogs has been allowed to reopen.

Chilling images were released from the Laboratory of Pharmacology and Toxicology in Mienenbuttel, near Hamburg in Germany, last year after an undercover worker got a job there.

One group of monkeys were filmed chained to a wall with neck braces, while other dogs and cats were left bleeding on the ground.

Beagles had pipes forced down their throats and were given capsules during the experiments.

Cruelty Free International (CFI) said animals were injected with poison to see how much of the substances they could take before serious harm was inflicted.

The tests were reportedly carried out for companies across the world.

The facility was closed in February after thousands of people protested against animal cruelty.

A new managing director, animal welfare officer and animal research supervisors have since been appointed.

In mid-July, the Hamburg Higher Administrative Court allowed the lab to reopen, German broadcaster NDR reports.

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However, operations have not yet resumed.

Animal rights organisation Soko Tierschutz originally uncovered the footage along with CFI.

Friedrich Mülln, a spokesman for the former group, is calling on companies to sever ties with the lab.

He said: “This shows that…profit from outdated animal experiments takes precedence over the protection of people and animals."

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Two former employees spoke out about conditions at the lab

One said: "I didn't just experience this, I also had to do this, I had to falsify documents. When the studies did not show the results we expected, I was told I had to make them more favourable."

Another alleged: "Tests were carried out with potential dangerous substances, particularly bad for the environment. In one study with rats, which resulted in many horrific deaths, the results were falsified. A lower dosage then brought the desired results."

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CFI revealed last year that 49 cats and 80 dogs were saved from the lab.

They were taken to animal welfare organisations and private homes for adoption.

Following a police investigation last year, LPT was given a period of two weeks to hand over all the animals at the testing lab to third parties.

A petition to close the lab has collected more than one million signatures.

  • Animals
  • Monkeys
  • Dogs
  • Cats

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