Breaking News! Volkswagen To Finally End Their Barbaric Animal Testing Of Macaque Monkeys

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Five months after it was revealed that carmaker Volkswagen (VW) had funded a horrific experiment in which macaque monkeys were locked inside a chamber and forced to inhale diesel fumes emitted from an old pickup truck and a VW Beetle for four hours, the company has announced that it will no longer conduct any tests on animals unless required to do so by law.

This action follows the company’s emissions cheating scandal which was followed by protests by PETA Germany at the VW headquarters, as well as e-mails from more than 160,000 PETA supporters.

The inhalation experiment was carried out at a contract laboratory in Albuquerque, New Mexico, which is notorious for its chronic violations of animal-welfare laws.

VW’s refusal at the time to commit to using only non-animal test methods drew swift and widespread public condemnation.

“Volkswagen did the right thing in pledging not to conduct tests on animals, which are irrelevant to human health and not required by law,” PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo said in a statement. “PETA is calling on other carmakers that still test on animals to follow suit and embrace modern and humane animal-free research methods instead.”

The organization further noted that after the monkeys were forced to inhale automobile exhaust, a tube was thrust down their windpipes through their noses or mouths to collect lung tissue.

Monkeys, including the individuals exploited in VW’s experiments, are highly intelligent animals who form intricate social relationships, experience a wide variety of emotions, and can suffer exactly as humans do. They deserve to be respected and left in the wild. These sentient beings should not be kidnapped from their homes in the wild, shipped internationally, locked inside chambers, and forced to inhale diesel fumes during inhumane experiments such as this.

Volkswagen finally made the right decision.

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