WHAT DO THEY TEST?
We have many examples of pointless experiments carried out at HLS, but the ones we feature here are amongst the most striking. Remember every drug or product that is withdrawn because of serious side effects, every pesticide that proves to be carcinogenic, every stupid 'new and improved' household product that we don't need, Huntingdon will have forced that product down the throats of thousands of animals and then passed it safe just for it later to go on to maim, harm and kill humans.
Coumarin was previously used as an added flavouring ingredient, but occurs naturally in roots, bark, stems, leaves and fruits of some plants. It’s most popular use is as a scent in perfumes, cosmetics and products such as soap and detergents. Coumarin is already widely used by the public in food, cosmetics and hygiene products. It has already gone through repeated animal and human tests and been on the market for many years. However, HLS still felt it was acceptable to test in animals in useless experiments.
The experiment then also went on to use human volunteers to gain a more accurate insight into the effect of externally-applied coumarin on the body. Somewhat unsurprisingly however, the human volunteers gained different results compared to the rats, causing the animal part of the study to produce contradictory results to the human part. HLS summarised their experiment by admitting the inadequacy of their own type of experiments, pointing out that rats are a “very poor model” in human toxicity testing, and that “toxicity in the rat cannot be extrapolated to humans”.
The American Petroleum Institute paid HLS to test gasoline (petrol) on large groups of rats. Over 80 female Sprague Dawley rats were shipped into HLS, New Jersey, and impregnated using male rats. Aside from short-term mating arrangements, the rats were kept individually in stainless steel cages with wire mesh floors. In total, 72 rats were impregnated and started the experiment. Once the rats were six days into their pregnancies, they were forced into tubes for six hours daily for a total of just under two weeks. They were denied access to food or water. During this time, vaporised unleaded gasoline was pumped into the tubes, forcing the pregnant rats to inhale it for the entire six hours straight. After the 12-days of exposure to the gasoline, the rats were killed and sliced open to have their semi-formed babies and organs examined.
FERMENTED JAPANESE VEGETABLE
In 2009, a Japanese company paid HLS to use and kill 4-week-old rats in a study to test the effects of suguki (a traditional, fermented Japenese vegetable) on the body of humans. This is despite the vegetable having been consumed safely by the Japanese population for well over 1,000 years - something they point out in their own research paper!
"The strain was isolated from a Japanese traditional fermented vegetable (suguki) that has been consumed for over 1000 years. Because of this history, L. brevis can be considered generally safe.”
This 2008 study is another fine example of HLS’ so-called ‘life saving research’. A type of mushroom known as Agaricus blazei Murrill was tested on animals! During the experiment, extract of the mushroom was forced down the throats of seven week old rats (a procedure known as ‘oral gavage’), who were later killed and dissected.
“Two females receiving 1000 mg/kg/day died or were killed due to an accidental mis-administration of the test formulation, since there was trauma … and a Control male also died.”
HLS conducted yet another ‘life saving’ experiment in 2004 on pregnant rats; this time, testing the chemical n-Propyl bromide. What HLS fail to mention in their experiments is that this chemical is a “solvent used for the cleaning of metal surfaces, removal of soldering residues from electronic circuit boards, and as an adhesive solvent”.
In effect, groups and health protection bodies are arguing over which toxicity category to place the chemical, pointing out continuously that there is “insufficient evidence”.
“...it is not possible to judge which studies provide the most relevant model for humans.”
SPLENDA (Coffee Sweetener)
In 2000 a series of reports were published by Permagon press detailing how thousands of animals had been experimented on at Huntingdon to test an artificial sweetener sucralose. These were particularly nasty experiments carried out on dogs, monkeys, rabbits, rats and mice. 12,800 animals died at HLS during this study.
One of the aims of the experiments was to see the effect on the central nervous system of the animals and in turn the animals were given massive doses of sucralose. Serious questions have been raised as to the safety of sucralose yet here it is widely available in many service stations, Pret a Manger and Starbucks to name a few outlets. We invite anyone reading this to enter sucralose or splenda into a Google search and read the detailed and widespread evidence on the dangers of sucralose.
In the Home Office's own guidelines primates are only to be used for 'serious' studies. These experiments amongst many others make a mockery of this. Animals died for what? Sugar.
We can all sleep safely in our beds at night knowing that kind people at Huntingdon Life Sciences are testing for our childrens' safety and for their future...oh and if you believe that you need your head examining.
Click here to read the Daily Mirror article about HLS testing Splenda.
CARAMEL FOOD COLOURING
In the May 1992 edition of Food Chemical Toxicology an experiment was reported at Huntingdon that involved poisoning mice with Caramel at "very high doses" in spite of the fact that caramel has been on the market for many decades.