EFAT Statement on video footage taken from the Laboratory of Pharmacology and Toxicology (LPT) in Germany
The European Federation of Animal Technologists (EFAT) was established to promote the harmonisation of education and training for European animal technologists and establish the highest standards of laboratory animal care and welfare by exchanging information and ideas via meetings, study groups, publications and all other appropriate means of communication.
EFAT members were deeply alarmed when viewing the video footage apparently taken from inside the Laboratory of Pharmacology and Toxicology (LPT) in Hamburg Germany.
Assuming the video footage is an accurate reflection of events, these practices cannot be condoned in any way. They are totally unacceptable and do not bear any resemblance to the way that animals are housed and treated in a modern well-run animal research establishment.
A complete lack of animal care and welfare is apparent throughout the video: The lack of compassion; multiple occasions of poor practice; unacceptable treatment of monkeys; and the distressing conditions that dogs were housed.
EFAT assumes the relevant German authorities will investigate the contents of this disturbing video and apply the appropriate penalties if non-compliance with Directive 2010/63/EU on protection of animals used in scientific procedures is found to have taken place.