Employees of a German laboratory company accused of cruel animal experiments have claimed that they were told to fake the tests – making them pointless.
Whistleblowers who said they worked for private test company LPT at two locations in Northern Germany claimed that managers had to change the data, adjust doses and replace dead animals with live animals without informing the company's customers.
Miriam Staudte, a green politician from Hamburg, said the allegations & # 39; all studies by this operator & # 39; questioning.
The Consumer Protection Authority in Hamburg has now called on politicians to suspend all animal testing licenses to LPT while an investigation is taking place.
The LPT scandal unfolded after another former employee took horrific photos & videos & # 39; s of tests described by campaigners as & # 39; horrible & # 39 ;.
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Two whistleblowers who have worked at the German LPT animal testing laboratory have stated that they have been asked to tamper with tests and falsify the results
The women decided to come forward after another former employee handed over footage and test images at one of the LPT facilities, which activists described as & # 39; terrible & # 39;
German politicians have said the allegations of widespread tampering with data call into question the results of all LPT tests, creating the prospect that the animals have suffered for nothing
Photos showed macaques attached to metal brackets in rows on the wall and others with their heads in head rests, while a beagle was shown bleeding in a cage.
After the release of the images, a woman who claimed to have worked in an LPT lab in Schleswig-Holstein came to the German TV program FAKT.
According to the woman, she was asked to change the dose of a given substance given to rats after they died within a few days of the test and was told to replace the dead animals with live animals without telling the client .
A second employee, a woman who says she worked at the company's headquarters in Lower Saxony, said she was directly involved in falsifying data for years.
She claims to have received data sets with figures that did not conform to an overarching pattern, and told them to improve & # 39; & # 39 ;.
She eventually refused to bear the forgeries – but said other employees continued to do so.
In a statement to FAKT, LPT denied all knowledge of forged laboratory results.
A spokesperson said: & # 39; Legal toxicity studies can rarely lead to unexpected deaths, dosages are then lowered, incidents are documented and reported.
& # 39; Information and / or proof of counterfeiting is unknown to us. Such actions are excluded due to the strict control system that is required in our company. & # 39;
A day after the two women came forward, the Hamburg Ministry of Health and Consumer Protection said it had asked prosecutors to investigate the claims.
Images and images released by activist groups in Germany include images of cats with their legs shaved and covered with bloody wounds while trapped in small cages
Testing for macaque monkeys saw the animals locked in steel armor, tubes forced down their throats and then forced to take potentially deadly cocktails of medicine
In a statement, it said it would work closely with the authorities in Schleswig-Holstein for a coordinated approach.
LPT is one of the largest private laboratories in Germany and employs around 175 people. It performs experiments for companies around the world.
Footage taken at the factory in Lower Saxony in December 2018 and March 2019 and released by animal activists last month shows beagles, monkeys and cats testing.
The undercover worker said the animals were kept in horrible circumstances.
Beagles allegedly squeezed pipes down their throats and were given capsules, and after the experiments let them suffer and often bleed.
He claimed that the animals were forcibly treated by the workers, who are not trained animal keepers.
Other images showed beagles covered in blood and what looked like droppings chained in dirty cages
Friedrich Mullen from Soko Tierschutz said: "The animals even waddled their tails when they were taken to be killed, the dogs were desperately seeking human contact."
He added: & # 39; The worst treatment was saved for the monkeys. The macaque breed of monkeys are small, relatively light primates, often used for animal experiments in LPT.
& # 39; They are kept in small cages in tight conditions. Many of the animals have developed compulsive tendencies and are spinning in circles. & # 39;
The cats are said to be given up to 13 injections per day by non-trained professionals and left behind to suffer.
The animal activists have reported the case to the investigating police.
They also claim that the laws in Germany that protect animals against experimentation are not strict enough and demand that the laws be tightened.
LPT is a family-run contract testing laboratory that conducts toxicity testing for pharmaceutical, industrial, and agrochemical companies around the world to meet government and regulatory requirements.
Prosecutors have been summoned to investigate the facility, with health officials saying that animal testing permits should be suspended until the probe has ended
LPT has denied any knowledge that fake data is being produced and said that strict processes that exist within the company should prevent this from happening
According to the Cruelty Free International organization: & # 39; Toxicity testing poisons animals to see how much of a chemical or drug is needed to cause serious damage, in an attempt to measure what a & # 39; can be a safe & # 39; dose for people.
& # 39; Animals are injected with or made to eat or inhale increasing amounts of a substance to measure the toxic effects that can be serious, including vomiting, internal bleeding, breathlessness, fever, weight loss, lethargy, skin problems, organ failure and even death. No anesthetics or pain relief is offered. & # 39;
Michelle Thew, Chief Executive of Cruelty Free International stated: “Our investigation has revealed terrible animal suffering, inadequate care, bad practices and breaches of European and German legislation.
& # 39; We want the Laboratory of Pharmacology and Toxicology (LPT) to be closed. We also advocate extensive research into the use of animals in toxicity testing in Europe, including the UK.
& # 39; Each investigation undoubtedly shows a similar story of misery and ignoring the law. & # 39;
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