A horrifying German laboratory which experimented on monkeys trapped by the neck with metal clamps has been shut down.
The Laboratory of Pharmacology and Toxicology in Mienenbuttel, near Hamburg, has been stripped of its licence after chilling footage exposed its cruel treatment of the animals.
Rows of petrified macaques were filmed squirming helplessly in restraints, which they were forced into by heavy-handed staff.
Other shocking images showed a beagle bleeding profusely in a cramped cage.
But, following an undercover investigation by Cruelty Free International (CFI), German authorities raided the compound and have now ordered it to close.
Hailing a major victory for animal welfare campaigners, CFI’s Kerry Postlewhite said: ‘We are pleased that the authorities have taken measures to hold LPT accountable.
‘The level of cruelty to animals and legal violations uncovered by our investigation is completely unacceptable.’
Macaque monkeys are locked into harnesses during research at the facility, allegedly LPT Laboratory of Pharmacology and Toxicology in Mienenbuttel, which has now been ordered to close
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
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 worker said the animals were kept in horrific conditions, which he revealed to the world with a hidden camera.
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.
In the wake of the charity’s investigation, 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 filed charges with the Public Prosecutor in Luneburg for alleged violations against animal protection laws.
Now, LPT has been given a period of two weeks to hand over all the animals still held at the testing facility, according to NDR.
Describing the harrowing conditions, Friedrich Mullen from German animal righs group 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.’
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
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.
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