In late 2008, an undercover worker infiltrated the world's most exposed animal testing laboratory, Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS). Here, they watched as monkeys were shipped 40 hour journeys from a filthy breeding farm in Vietnam, and arrived cowering in their boxes at HLS [click here to see the full 2008 exposé].
AstraZeneca, among other customers, had contracted HLS to carry out experiments on their behalf. Monkeys were kept in bare metal cages with almost no stimulation, many had skin and health problems, and some were seen to have escaped their cages. Monkeys were forcefully removed from cages, and strapped into specially-made restraining chairs, where toxic fumes were pumped into their lungs. The animals were so scared that they prolapsed, collapsed or vomited their own faeces. Some monkeys were found with missing limbs – they had either chewed them off or ripped them on the shoddy caging.
>> Huntingdon Life Sciences and AstraZeneca
HLS is a laboratory infamous for being the world's most controversial, having been exposed seven separate times in just over ten years. They have been caught out punching puppies in the face, violently shaking animals, falsifying experimental test data, cutting open monkeys while still alive, and routinely flouting animal welfare standards [see all exposés here]. HLS are the only laboratory to have had their license revoked for animal cruelty and remain the most notorious animal testing laboratory in Europe [read more about HLS here]. As a recent customer, AstraZeneca are keeping HLS open by providing vital income during a time when HLS are struggling financially. We are asking them to stop dealing with HLS once and for all.
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