Letter to the German car industry on the use of primates

On 08/02/2018, in All posts, by Animal Welfare Intergroup

Three German carmakers commissioned or supported studies in 2014 which exposed monkeys and humans to exhaust fumes and nitrogen dioxide. The studies were never published and were conducted by the European Research Group on Environment and Health in the Transport Sector (EUGT), which was dissolved last year amid controversy over its work. The tests took place in the United States and Germany and aimed to prove clean emission standards.

In one of the experiments, macaque monkeys were exposed to exhaust fumes from a Volkswagen Beetle car while another group was forced to inhale exhaust fumes from an old Ford pickup truck. After breathing diluted exhaust for four hours, the monkeys were examined and researchers took samples of their lung tissue. The animals were not killed but what happened to them afterwards is unclear.

Once the experiment became public, BMW, Volkswagen and Daimler faced harsh criticism from civil society, policy-makers and animal rights activists. The three companies distanced themselves from the research and accused the researchers of having violated ethics rules without their knowledge.

The European Parliament Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals sent today a letter to representatives of the management of the Board of BMW, Volkswagen and Daimler. The Intergroup expressed perplexity and shock at such experiments. It hopes that these actions will not be unpunished. The members were pleased to learn that the companies intend to put an end to animal testing and request a confirmation to their commitment to only commission non-animal research and testing practices in the future.

Letter from Sirpa Pietikäinen MEP (Chairwoman of the Intergroup) to the Chairmen of BMW, Volkswagen and Daimler


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