Last year, a Last Chance for Animals (LCA) investigator worked undercover at International Toxicology Research (ITR), a Canadian facility that tests the toxicity of various consumer products. While undercover, the activist discovered egregious acts of animal abuse against dogs, monkeys, pigs, and other animals.
Now, LCA is asking for the public’s help to end this cruel and inhumane practice.
A new PSA, narrated by actor and animal rights activist Mena Suvari, shows undercover footage of numerous violations of animal welfare regulations, including isolation, neglect, physical abuse, unsanitary conditions, and more.
“I am honored join LCA to help shed light on the issue of animal abuse and neglect in research laboratories,” said Mena Suvari. “It is my hope that LCA’s findings open the eyes of the public, so that we can collectively pressure authorities to more closely monitor animal research organizations and shut them down when they violate animal welfare regulations.”
“Our findings are visual proof that there are great injustices happening to animals in research laboratories,” stated LCA Founder and President Chris DeRose. “LCA will continue to push back against laboratories like ITR – and the pharmaceutical, beauty, and wellness companies that hire them – until animal testing is no more.”
Most of the animals documented by LCA’s investigator were killed at the end of their studies. The macaque monkeys are often subjected to multiple studies over the course of their thirty-year life span.
LCA has created a petition calling for the prosecution of ITR laboratory management. More than 40,000 signatures have been collected to-date. Please add your own by clicking here.
Among the blatant and egregious abuse of animals witnessed by the undercover employee were the following:
• Animals thrown, slammed, suspended by their ears or limbs, and struck in the face.
• Animals subject to painful and distressing procedures in full view of other animals (in violation of Canada Council on Animal Care guidelines).
• Animals with open wounds and infections were left untreated.
• Animals were denied access to clean drinking water.
• Beagles and macaques denied any chance of socialization with humans or other animals, and further denied any opportunity to exercise, in some instances for the duration of a nine-month study (at the end of which the animals were killed).
• Inadequate housing with no appropriate areas to rest, in which animals were exposed to constant loud noises and harmful levels of gasses due to the build-up of urine and feces behind the animals’ cages; and where animals risked being caught in the wire grilling of their cages.
• An anecdotal instance of a macaque monkey left unsupervised while restrained in an inhalation device, and subsequently suffocating to death.
These abuses often happened in full view of supervisors, who made no effort to prevent further abuse or to correct systematic neglect of the animals.
About Last Chance for Animals (LCA):
LCA is a non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating animal exploitation through education, investigations, legislation, and public awareness campaigns. Since its formation in 1984, LCA has succeeded as one of the nation’s pioneer animal advocacy organizations. Working internationally, LCA’s Sam Simon Special Investigations Unit documents abuse in research labs, puppy mills, factory farms, and the entertainment industry, and works with prosecutors to enforce animal cruelty laws. For additional information, visit www.lcanimal.org.