International nonprofit Last Chance for Animals (“LCA”) has released an explosive undercover investigation that exposes the extreme abuse of laboratory animals at one of North America’s largest Contract Research Organizations.
During a four-month period in 2016, an LCA investigator worked undercover at International Toxicology Research (ITR), a Canadian based facility that is hired by pharmaceutical, beauty, and wellness companies worldwide to test the toxicity of their products. This unprecedented investigation captured numerous violations of animal welfare regulations on hidden camera, including the suffering of pigs, monkeys, and beagles, as narrated by actor and animal rights activist, Joaquin Phoenix. LCA’s expose is the largest ever conducted in a North American animal lab.
Scientific innovation continues to render the use of animals in laboratory testing, and medical trials unnecessary. LCA’s investigation revealed, animals used in medical tests are not only subject to the pain, neglect, and deprivation caused by medical procedures, but are often also the victims of unrelated abuse and mistreatment.
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“For over three decades, LCA has been at the forefront of fighting against animal testing,” stated LCA Founder and President, Chris DeRose. “In recent years, scientific advancements have made tests involving animals obsolete thanks to the development of cheaper, more effective methods. So why then, can’t all stakeholders make significant efforts to move away from testing on animals when more cost effective and efficient alternatives currently exist?”
LCA’s investigation revealed:
• Animals thrown, slammed, suspended by their ears or limbs, and struck with such force that the impact can be heard on the investigator’s recording.
• Open wounds and swollen infections left untreated or inadequately treated.
• Animals subject to painful and distressing procedures in full view of other animals.
• Technicians instructed not to take