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World-leading primatologist speaks out for the animals at LPT

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Dr Jane Goodall DBE says our investigation video shows “some of the worst abuse” she’s ever seen

Responding to the findings from our joint investigation with SOKO-Tierschutz at the LPT contract animal testing facility in Lower Saxony, Dr Jane Goodhall DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace,  has said that the footage shows “some of the worst abuse I’ve ever seen on testing with animals”.

Together with colleague, Dr Koen Margodt of the Jane Goodall Institute Belgium, Dr Goodall has drawn particular attention to the plight of the monkeys kept at the facility: “Some of the monkeys were lying huddled on the wire floor of their tiny prisons, while others showed stereotypic behaviour, turning in circles, pacing fast back and forth indicative of extremely high levels of stress.  Some cowered at the approach of a human showing pronounced fear response and sometimes screaming.”

Dr Goodall went on to say: “In summary, what I have seen in this video is some of the most callous, inhumane and brutal behaviour by humans towards the primates, dogs and cats kept at this laboratory. It is nothing but living hell.  Such a situation does not belong in the 21st century and must be stopped. No more invasive biomedical testing should be performed on sentient and complex animals like primates, dogs and cats. Even rats have been proved highly intelligent and capable of feeling fear and pain. Animals can’t talk for themselves, so we need to be their voices and bring their plight out into the daylight.”

Our CEO Michelle Thew said: “No-one is more respected than Jane in the world of animal protection. We are of course delighted that with all her experience and knowledge, Jane has spoken out for the animals suffering at LPT. We hope that the authorities will take notice and act now to both close this particular facility and urgently review toxicity testing on animals in Germany and in the European Union as a whole.”

The investigation, which uncovered shocking levels of animal suffering and practices which we believe to be unlawful, has generated  widespread international media attention and has inspired over 45,000 people and counting to contact the European Commission calling for an urgent review into toxicity testing on animals across the European Union.

If you want to help us lend a voice to those who are voiceless, click here to contact the European Commission or donate to help us continue our work to put an end to animal experiments.