VW apologizes for unethical animal tests
German car manufacturer Volkswagen has apologized for unethical animal experiments in which monkeys were forced to inhale exhaust gases. Volkswagen: “We are convinced the scientific method was wrong and we apologize for our misbehaviour.”
The test with the monkeys was organized in 2014 and was part of an experiment, aimed to prove that modern diesel engines are significantly less polluting than old diesels. Details about the experiment came to the surface in an American lawsuit about the dieselgate scandal.
The cars used in the experiment were equipped with the illegal emissions-cheating software, as was mentioned by the New York Times newspaper on Friday. “Making monkeys willfully breath in exhaust gases to show that noxious emissions have decreased is ridiculous”, says Prime Minister of German federal state Lower Saxony Stephan Weil. The state is a major stockholder of the car concern.
VW was not the only manufacturer. The European Research Group on Environment and Health in the Transport Sector (EUGT), that financed the experiment, was also sponsored by BMW and Daimler. The latter dissociates itself from the news, but declared having started an investigation of the monkey experiment. Daimler called the tests ‘disgusting’ and ‘useless’.
BMW has denied being involved in the experiment. By the way, the monkeys have survived…