Warfare experiments – conducted using nerve agents, chemical or biological weapons or even simulated blasts – can involve the use of living animals. As you would expect, this can lead to terrible, prolonged suffering followed by death.
Animal Aid is determined to see a ban on all such warfare experiments – please help us stop this needless suffering.
Guinea pigs had a nerve agent called VX, which was made at Porton Down, applied to their backs in order to see how a chemical – known as a bioscavenger – would alter the effects of VX. The animals were observed after being poisoned and were given a score for their symptoms – the higher the score the worse the animal’s condition. Symptoms included ‘gasping’ and ‘writhing’. Animals not dead at the end of the experiment were killed and dissected.
More guinea pigs, this time all male, were exposed to VX. The fate of one group is outlined: ‘The conditions of animals treated with atropine alone continued to deteriorate throughout the study until death’ and these poisoned animals ‘died between 2 and 6h post-poisoning’.