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Posted by: Flin Jun 5 2018, 08:15 AM
Volkswagen Vows to End Experiments on Animals
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The German automaker Volkswagen is promising that it will no longer support the use of animals in testing the effects of diesel exhaust, as the company tries to move past an emissions-cheating scandal in which it was found to have helped finance experiments on monkeys.

The pledge was made in a letter to the German branch of the animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. It is part of a push by Volkswagen, Europe’s biggest car manufacturer, to cope with the toll of a scheme that has resulted in tens of billions of dollars in settlements and fines, the dismissal of successive chief executives and the arrest and imprisonment of top company officials.

The cheating, which involved Volkswagen’s illegally rigging the software on millions of vehicles to make it seem as if they complied with pollution standards, has also caused a major shift in the public’s perception of diesel. The fuel had been promoted as an environmentally friendly alternative to gasoline, but governments in Europe and elsewhere are increasingly restricting its use.

Volkswagen’s reputation was further tarnished by the revelation that it and other German automakers had financed research on the health effects of diesel exhaust that involved spewing it at 10 macaque monkeys in airtight chambers. The disclosure touched off an uproar, piling pressure on Volkswagen and the other companies.

Volkswagen said in its letter to PETA, which was released on Monday, that it would abandon the practice.®ion=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=2&pgtype=sectionfront

Sounds like Germany's WW2 ethics are still in existence.

Posted by: Bill Jun 5 2018, 11:37 AM
Just a suggestion but maybe it's time to replace the animals with the children of VW executives. That would focus their minds on the need for clean air.

Posted by: Alicia Jun 5 2018, 12:04 PM
True Bill, but I would use the executives instead of their children. It could just be pumped into the exec’s offices, simple!

Posted by: scepo Jun 5 2018, 04:17 PM
Sounds Germanaphobic or VWaphobic to me.

Instead of experimenting with the monkeys, perhaps they should have used PETA members instead.

Posted by: Michael.W Jun 5 2018, 08:37 PM
I think there will be many others to follow suit on this, Funny how the EU emissions are more stringent than the USA. I think US vehicle manufacturers will wish this never happened. It's a big can of worms opens here.

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