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German Automakers Exposed Humans And Monkeys To Car Exhaust

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Nellie Chapman | 30 January, 2018, 08:13

Daimler on Sunday condemned the studies, which were conducted by the same research body that sponsored an experiment forcing monkeys to inhale toxic exhaust fumes from a polluting diesel Volkswagen equipped with illegal software.

"We strongly condemn the tests", the company said, adding it had no say in the testing and that the steps by the EUGT went against Daimler's "values and ethical principles". The lobby group was funded jointly by Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW, though the latter two companies are attempting to distance themselves from the study, with Daimler going as far as launching an inquiry into the research methods employed.

The chairman of Volkswagen Hans Dieter Poetsch's has also pledged a full and unconditional investigation, and called the tests "totally incomprehensible".

A hose for an emission test is fixed in the exhaust pipe of a Volkswagen Golf 2.0 litre diesel vehicle at the Technical Inspection Agency in Ludwigsburg, southwestern Germany. The only saving grace for the monkeys involved was that the Beetle chosen was fitted with the emissions-cheating Dieselgate software that worked at its best in laboratory conditions.

"Daimler does not tolerate or support unethical treatment of animals", It said in a statement.

"[The] Volkswagen Group explicitly distances itself from all forms of animal cruelty". It said it was investigating the work and background of the research group.

While there has been no mention of which cartoons the monkeys were made to watch during the test, we'd be unsurprised to find that they were ancient, snowy VHS-taped episodes of Bruno the Kid, the ill-advised Bruce Willis-voiced spy cartoon from 1996.

Bosch said it left the group in 2013 and had no knowledge or played any part in the design and methods of the testing.

The human trials were created to investigate the "biological effects of inhaled nitrogen dioxide in healthy human subjects". The university said the study had no relation to the diesel scandal.

LRRI has a sordid history of neglecting and abusing the animals imprisoned there.


Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said that "the disgust many people are feeling is absolutely understandable".

On Monday the ethical aspect of the tests has dominated the headlines given that no experiments can take place on animals or humans in Germany without permission from an authorised ethics committee.

He questioned the aims of the tests. "What auto manufacturers have to do with emissions is to reduce m and not pretend to show that y are not harmful".

The German authorities are also questioning the testing on humans or primates.

The tests haven't had any negative consequences for the health of either the animals or the humans, but the news has caused public outcry, with many people arguing that those responsible for the initiative must be punished.

The company's supervisory board, in the meantime, has also ordered a probe into who ordered the tests, even as the German government calls the research "unjustifiable". He said he hadn't known about the tests.