`Spy' tells of animal cruelty

Louise Jury
Wednesday 13 March 1996 00:02
Comments

LOUISE JURY

An undercover investigation at leading research institutes found disturbed monkeys in tiny laboratory cages and tens of thousands of rodents gassed because they were surplus to requirements, it is claimed today.

Anti-vivisection campaigners condemned the Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School and the Institute of Neurology, both in London, for causing unnecessary suffering to animals by allegedly breaking rules for their care.

Animal rights investigator Cris Iles, 24, went undercover to discover the alleged breaches in nationally agreed welfare regulations as part of a campaign to highlight the secrecy surrounding medical research on animals. His findings are revealed in a report published today by the National Anti-Vivisection Society.

Among the experiments documented were a monkey with a metal plate and electrodes permanently bolted into its head and dogs with pacemakers implanted to cause heart failure.

The society details several instances where it claims facilities were not up to standards laid down in the Home Office's code of practice. For example, it says Mr Iles found fascicularis macaques, a type of monkey, at the Charing Cross Medical School kept in cages measuring less than a metre square.

Nearly 7 out of 10 rodents bred for research were culled, it also alleges. Both the institutes denied breaking the code of practice.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged in