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The German primate laboratory, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics (MPI), has been raided by the police


Jan 30, 2015

BREAKING NEWS: Media reports from Germany report that the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics (MPI), the primate laboratory recently investigated by the BUAV and SOKO Tierschutz, was this week raided by the police.
A Joint Press Release from the prosecution service and the police headquarters in Reutlingen Tübingen has also been issued stating that the raid was carried out because of initial suspicions of possible violations of the Animal Welfare Act involving primates. Records and documents were seized. (
The joint BUAV and Soko Tierschutz investigation at MPI, which featured on German national Stern TV, uncovered the brutal way in which monkeys’ lives were controlled and manipulated by researchers, causing severe suffering. Subjected to major brain surgery to implant devices in their skulls; deliberately deprived of water for days; controlled by a pole attached to a collar around their necks; held in a restraint device (called a primate ‘chair’) with their heads immobilised by a post implanted in their skulls, the monkeys were imprisoned inside dark, silent chambers and forced to carry out mundane tasks over and over for hours at a time, day after day, month after month.
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