SOURCE: Last Chance for Animals

Last Chance for Animals

March 16, 2017 13:51 ET

Actor & Animal Rights Activist Joaquin Phoenix Narrates Undercover Video Footage Investigating the Unethical World of Lab Animal Testing

Last Chance For Animals' Undercover Investigation Reveals Horrific Animal Abuse of Dogs, Monkeys and Pigs at Canadian Toxicology Lab

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - March 16, 2017) - 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.

Click HERE to view the investigative video (graphic content, not suitable to some viewers).

"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 note of hair loss in macaque monkeys, despite it resulting from repetitive behaviours developed through the stress of confinement, and despite guidelines requiring that behavioural well-being indicators be measured.
  • Inadequate housing where animals were confined without appropriate bedding or flat area to rest; where animals were exposed to constant loud noises and harmful levels of gasses due to the build-up of urine and feces behind their cages; and where animals risked being caught in the wire grilling of their cages.
  • Beagles unable to ever fully turn around because they were constantly tethered with a catheter inserted between their shoulder blades.
  • An anecdotal instance of a macaque monkey being left unsupervised while restrained in an inhalation device and subsequently suffocating to death.

All of the animals documented by LCA's investigator were killed at the end of the studies they were used in, except the macaques. This species is commonly subjected to multiple studies over the course of their lives, which can be as long as thirty years.

LCA is calling to abolish the use of animals in research, teaching and testing methods. Sign the petition calling for prosecution of ITR labs and all individuals responsible for this cruelty:

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. LCA's educational and public outreach programs have empowered the public to make positive changes for the animals in their own communities. For additional information, visit

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