The German authorities are outraged by the tests of humans and apes in the gas chambers
Exhaust pipe of the car. Photo: wikipedia.org
During the tests established the effect of nitrogen dioxide emitted during operation of diesel engines on health.
In Germany there was a scandal after media reports about the involvement of the largest automotive companies for funding of hazardous experiments on humans and animals. The newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung and Stuttgarter Zeitung reported that the company Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW have conducted series of dangerous experiments, reports Deutsche Welle..
According to German media, the European research Association on environment and health in the transport sector (EUGT), founded by three giants and Bosch, participated in experiments on humans and animals. During the tests established the effect of nitrogen dioxide emitted during operation of diesel engines on health.
Tests in the period from 2012 to 2015 was conducted at the University hospital Aachen. The experiments attracted 25 people, which for several hours was asked to breathe air with toxic gases.
– These tests conducted on monkeys and even humans, there is no justification from an ethical point of view, – said the official representative of the government of Germany Steffen Seibert.
He called it “absolutely clear” the outrage of many people in connection with reports about similar experiences. The Supervisory boards of car companies which commissioned this research was conducted, are required to explain their purpose, Seibert added.
Automakers had to reduce exhaust emissions and to comply with the rules on maximum allowable parameters, and not to prove that the products of combustion are supposedly harmless, he said.
Reacting to the allegations, Volkswagen said in the statement, “elected at that time scientific methods were wrong”. Daimler strongly condemned the tests, noting that the company had the right to vote in the choice of testing methods that are contrary to “the values of Daimler and ethical principles.”