US defence chiefs pay UK government £50million to test weapons on animals

The Government has raked in more than £50million doing weapons tests on animals for the US military.

Since 2012, the Pentagon has funded hundreds of tests on monkeys, pigs, rabbits and mice at labs in Wiltshire.

In some, animals such as marmosets were infected with some of the world’s most dangerous biological agents, including Ebola and anthrax, to combat their weapons potential.

Others saw animals exposed to chemical weapons such as mustard gas and phosgene.

Phosgene was responsible for up to 85 per cent of the 100,000 chemical weapons deaths in the First World War. The tests at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) at Porton Down have been funded by the Pentagon’s Defence Threat Reduction Agency. Some military tests on animals, such as those using nerve agents, are banned in the US.

However, the Ministry of Defence insists no experiments done on behalf of the US would be illegal there. The disclosure comes a week after we revealed almost 50,000 animals were killed by scientists at Porton Down between 2010 and 2017.

The DSTL said: “All animal research is for defensive purposes only.”

Jessamy Korotoga, of Animal Aid, said: “If animal experiments being done here are illegal elsewhere, it is outsourcing of the most ethically corrupt kind.”

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