Pigs blown up at government research base in England

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Pigs were blown up, monkeys infected with biological weapons and guinea pigs were poisoned with nerve gas. Almost 50 thousand animals have been killed in extreme cruel war experiments done at a top-secret government research base in England.

In warfare experiments nerve gasses are used, chemical or biological weapons are tested and even blasts are simulated. Imagine the severe suffering this causes harmless animals.

The Sunday Mirror revealed that around 48,400 animals were tortured and killed at the Defence Science and Technology ­Laboratory at Porton Down between 2010 and 2017.

Blowing up pigs
Pigs were shot with rifles in different parts of their body. To practice army medics then fought to keep them alive. Pigs were also wrapped in body armor material before being seriously injured or killed by explosives. Scientists then studied the animals to see which parts of their body had been damaged or protected.

Anthrax on monkeys
Monkeys were injected with biological weapons like anthrax, while researchers recorded their pain levels and how long they took to die. Other monkeys were forced to breathe mustard gas, which burns the lungs and causes severe blistering.

Jessamy Korotoga from the animal welfare organization Animal Aid: “To expose live animals deliberately to simulated blasts and biological weapons which are known to cause extreme suffering and death, is morally unconscionable. A civilized society, in the 21st century, should not be involved in such macabre and terrible practices.””

Porton Down in England is the oldest chemical warfare research establishment in the world, and has been of interest to animal protection groups, journalists and concerned citizens for decades.

These horrible experiments are still happening. Animal Aid is working hard for it to stop, but needs you. Go to their page and see what you can do.

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