Footage taken by an animals rights activist starts with the dogs wagging their tails and putting their noses through metal bars, apparently desperate for human attention.
But it soon turns deeply disturbing as the beagles are seen on their sides lying motionless in pools of blood.They were allegedly subjected to toxicity tests at the Laboratory of Pharmacology and Toxicology (LPT) near Hamburg, according to Cruelty Free International (CFI) and German organisation, Soko Tierschutz.
Beagles reportedly had pipes forced down their throats, given substances to eat, and left to suffer and bleed.
Lab technicians allegedly measure the toxic effects and assess what a ‘safe’ dose for humans might be.
The effects of these horrific tests include internal and external bleeding, vomiting, breathing problems, organ failure and even death.
An activist with Soko Tierschutz reportedly gained access to the lab by applying for a job in autumn 2018. 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.’
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The investigation also uncovered photos of small monkeys strapped to seats in rows on the wall.
Others were seen with their heads in metal restraints as they desperately tried to escape.
According to the undercover activist, the animals are treated with violence by the workers, who are not trained animal carers.
The horrific treatment of animals, allegedly at the German lab, has sparked calls for a change to laws in the EU and UK.Earlier this week the Landkreis Harburg veterinary authority in northern Germany announced it is launching legal action against the LPT laboratory for alleged animal welfare violations.
The news was welcomed by Dr Katy Taylor from CFl, but she warned it does not go far enough to protect the animals.
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She said: ‘Our video and evidence show cruelty and breaches of law that we believe mean that LPT should immediately lose its authorisation to carry out animal experiments and the facility should be closed down.‘We also believe that as a priority, an independent investigation should be set up to ensure that similar failings at other animal laboratories in Lower Saxony and Germany as a whole are rooted out as soon as possible.’
LPT employs 175 people and is one of the largest private laboratories in Germany.
The lab claims to work in accordance with national and international guidelines, which it states on its website.