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GER: Investigations into macaque experiments at Max Planck Institute Tübingen

The public prosecutors office of Tübingen searched the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen in January 2015. The search was ordered in response to com­plaints regarding violations of the German Animal Protection Law and continued already ongoing investigations. One of the complaints was submitted jointly by Ärzte gegen Tierversuche, Erna-Graff-Stiftung für Tierschutz and Menschen für Tierrechte Baden-Württemberg (


Undercover video footage shot by an animal carer over the course of six and a half months had been shown in a stern­TV television documentary in September 2014. The footage showed mainly macaques, e.g., tearing at their head implants or panicking upon awaking from anesthesia strapped to a pri­mate chair. The regional council is independently investigat­ing the allegations of cruelty to animals and killing animals without reason. The Max Planck Institute has announced that it will employ a further veterinarian and improve the observa­tion of the animals.




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