A horrifying laboratory where monkeys were strapped into metal harnesses as tests were carried out on them is facing closure after German inspectors raided the building.
Footage showed macaques bound in brackets in rows on the wall, their heads locked in restraints, allegedly at LPT Laboratory of Pharmacology and Toxicology in Mienenbuttel, on the outskirts of Hamburg.
Other shocking images showed a beagle bleeding profusely in a cramped cage.
After the footage was released authorities in the Harburg region conducted a spot check of the facility and confirmed some of the allegations made by the animal activists.
Macaque monkeys are locked into harnesses during research at the facility, allegedly LPT Laboratory of Pharmacology and Toxicology in Mienenbuttel
Macaque monkeys have numbers penned onto their chests as they are strapped down for testing
A beagle bleeds inside a cage following an experiment, which activists say was carried out at the LPT Laboratory of Pharmacology and Toxicology in Mienenbuttel
A spokesman for the local authority said: ‘We found the cages were far too small, just as the activists claimed.’
The local regulation authority Laves – the Lower Saxony State Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety has filed charges with the Public Prosecutor in Luneburg for alleged violations against animal protection laws.
Minister for Agriculture Barbara Otte-Kinast said: ‘If these allegations prove to be true, they would have to be punished and quick consequences be put in place.
A beagle is seen bleeding over tiles, it is not clear what induced the wound
‘A possible revocation of the animal testing licence is being checked by Laves.’
If the licence is revoked, the animal testing lab would have to be closed with immediate effect.
The veterinary inspection office has also been questioned as to why they did not spot any irregularities during checks.
A spokesman said: ‘We are looking into this.’
The spokesman for the local authorities said: ‘The laboratory will now get the opportunity to fulfil the correct procedures and will receive a fine.’
An undercover activist got a job at the research facility from December 2018 to March 2019, and says he witnessed testing on beagles, monkeys, cats and rabbits, carried out for companies throughout the world.
The undercover worker said the animals were kept in horrific conditions.
Beagles reportedly had pipes forced down their throats and were given capsules, and often bled following the experiments.
He claimed the animals were treated with violence by the workers, who are not trained animal carers.
A monkey shrieks as it grapples with its metal collar at the research facility
A cat, with the fur around its legs appearing to have been worn away, peers from its cage at the unit
A beagle lying across the floor inside a narrow cell at the facility, with blood spatters on the floor
Friedrich Mullen 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.’
He added: ‘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.’
The cats are said to be 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.
Footage shows the monkeys exhibiting obsessive behaviours, including going round in circles in their cages
Macaque monkeys are strapped into their harnesses during testing at the suspected toxicology laboratory
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.
‘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 MailOnline has attempted to contact the LPT Laboratory of Pharmacology and Toxicology for comment.