WARNING, SOOTHING PHOTOS: Test animals were tied up and force-fed drugs by medical researchers in an undercover video filmed by Humane Society International
A disturbing undercover video has shown experimental animals being force-fed in a lab.
Animal rights group Humane Society International spent seven months investigating Inotiv Inc.’s testing lab in Mount Vernon, Indiana, USA.
Workers were assigned to work on more than 70 toxicity studies commissioned by more than 12 pharmaceutical companies, involving more than 6,000 animals, including beagle puppies and monkeys.
The footage, worn on the body, shows workers feeding a feeding tube into a puppy’s mouth and feeding it drugs before releasing it back to the kennel for observation.
The poor dog whimpers and trembles before falling to the ground.
A statement from the investigative report said: “The investigator observed that dogs continued to be given doses of substances even when they were vomiting, shaking, and had a high fever and shortness of breath.”
Another part of the video shows a darker side of monkey drug testing.
The macaques, all confined in separate boxes with their hands and feet tied and restrained by the neck in restraint chairs, have feeding tubes inserted into their mouths while workers shove the liquid down their throats.
The monkeys scream in pain and a worker is heard saying to one of them, “I’m so sorry ma’am, this may be your last dose.
“I kind of hope it’s because it’s torture at this point.”
The investigator claimed at least two monkeys accidentally hanged themselves in the restraint chairs during the investigation, which ran from August 2021 to March 2022.
At the end of the tests, the animals are killed and dissected to examine possible toxic effects on their bodies.
The Humane Society is urging Inotiv Inc to release the beagles immediately and put them up for adoption – amid fears 82 are to be euthanized.
Kitty Block, CEO and President of the Humane Society of the United States, said, “The disturbing results at this facility cannot be ignored.
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“We are calling for the release of beagles that we know are suffering in the lab today and will be euthanized soon, but this is just the beginning of our work.”
Inotiv said her research is required by US law to develop life-saving drugs.
They wrote in a statement to the Journal and Courier that their mission is “to help our clients realize the full potential of their scientific and medical research.”