In an all out disturbing scandal involving German automakers using ten monkeys and 25 humans to inhale diesel exhaust fumes, Volkswagen, Daimier and BMW have launched an investigation promising consequences for those involved. The German government says such tests could not be justified and is asking for answers.
According to Reuters, Volkswagen supervisory board chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch issued the following statement:
“I will do everything possible to ensure that this matter is investigated in detail. Whoever is responsible for this must of course be held accountable.”
On Twitter the Volkwagen Group posted:
“Volkswagen Group explicitly distances itself from all forms of animal cruelty. Animal testing contradicts our own ethical standards. The EUGT has been in liquidation since June 30, 2017.” (European Research Group on Environment and Health in the Transport Sector – EUGT)
In Frankfurt, automakers financed an experiment to prove to consumers that diesel exhaust had no harmful effects on humans after alarming 2014 global emission reports. According to the New York Times, scientists in an Albuquerque, New Mexico laboratory conducted an experiment with ten monkeys locked in airtight chambers watching cartoons as they squatted inhaling fumes from a diesel Volkswagen Beetle.
The experiment was to prove that diesel vehicles were cleaner than the previous smoky models of the past, but American scientists were all being duped. The Beetle, provided by Volkswagen, had been rigged to emit much less pollution into the lab than the cars would emit on the road. Lucky for the monkeys! The Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute carried out the tests with the monkeys. The tests were conducted in 2014 using macaque monkeys.
In addition, 25 people also participated in a related study in 2013 and 2014 where they inhaled nitrogen dioxide, a gas found in exhaust fumes, as part of a study related to workplace safety. The people were exposed to varying levels of nitrogen dioxide for three hours to investigate possible health effects in concentrations below the limit for workplaces.
Volkswagen has since stated the study had never been discussed in any management board meetings, even though some managers knew about the research. The company also contends the research had been reviewed by ” scientists from renowned universities and institutes …”
Stephen Weil, who represent the German state of Lower Saxony and a Volkswagen shareholder on the advisory board, continues to press the carmaker for the purpose of the study.
“If for example, safety and health in the workplace were being tested… and ethical standards were adhered to, it is defensible. Where experiments served the purposes of marketing and sales, however, I cannot think of an acceptable justification for such an approach.”
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