Stop Volkswagen’s Diesel Exhaust Testing on Monkeys

Target: Matthias Muller, CEO of Volkswagen

Goal: End the practice of using monkeys for emissions research.

Three German carmakers financed research that tested the health effects of diesel emissions on monkeys. Volkswagen, Daimler, and BMW are all facing harsh public backlash after The New York Times reported news of the research this past week. While the research was conducted in order to show that diesel emissions are now less harmful than initially believed and that modern technology has solved the problem of excess emissions, which have been linked to cancer, the research is instead shining a light on the inhumane methods with which the research is carried out.

The research was conducted in 2014 and involved two groups of monkeys. Both groups of monkeys were directly exposed to diesel emissions for four hours. One group was exposed to emissions from a modern diesel Volkswagen, while the other group was exposed to emissions from an older Ford diesel pickup truck. After the monkeys were exposed to these emissions, which have been known to cause cancer and premature death, they were examined and samples of their lung tissue were harvested to look for inflammation. There are no reports as to what happened to the monkeys after the research was completed.

PETA Vice President Harald Ullmann said of the research, “There is nothing fair about condemning these complex, sensitive animals to suffer physical suffering and psychological torment in laboratories where they are caged and deprived of fresh air, sunshine, freedom of movement, the companionship of others, and just about everything else that makes any life worth living.” Sign this petition to urge Volkswagen to stop contracting with research facilities that test on animals.


Dear Mr. Muller,

It has recently become troubling public knowledge that your company sponsored research that was conducted on monkeys. These monkeys were exposed to diesel emissions for four hours and deprived of fresh air to breathe. The reason these emissions were being tested is because they are known to relate to lung cancer and premature death. Not only were the monkeys used in this research pried from their natural habitats and made to live inside of a laboratory environment, but they were also exposed to harmful substances. After their exposure, scientists tested these monkeys and samples of their lung tissue were removed. This research, conducted for the benefit of your company, is done without any regard for the sentient, complex animals.

I urge you to discontinue the practice of using monkeys for emissions research as well as contracting with any research facilities that do.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. This is HORRIFIC, Cruel, heartless and barbaric.

    It is unnecessary. These tests prove what you already know. It’s toxic or you wouldn not be using Primates.


  2. Clare Neille says:

    This is beyond disgusting how do people think up this kind of cruelty. Clearly they have no respect for life regardless of it being an animal. I will deffinatly NEVER drive a VW again.

  3. Agree all above put animal abusers for testing not innocent animals cruel bastards.

  4. I will never buy a Volkswagen and I will make sure my family and friends don’t either until this practice stops COMPLETELY!

  5. Lisa Allred says:

    This is so fckd up❗️😠
    Signed & shared. 😡

  6. Mr. Muller: You, Volkswagen and the scientists you work with must be utterly stupid!

    The effect of diesel and lung disease is an old hat!
    It’s old knowledge!It’s deadly! What else do you expect? The only good thing for lungs is fresh, unpolluted air!
    You guys are a bunch of real dumb-asses! How much you guys get paid for being so dumb?
    Get out! Volkswagen I spit on you! I would never buy one and encourage everyone I know not to support one of the world’s unintelligent corporation!
    Who turned your lights out?

  7. Alicia LaHaie says:

    IGNORANCE!!!!! Boycott Volkswagen! Their vehicles are JUNK anyway!

  8. Sadistic, devil’s cunt
    The damn hell is supposed to get this fucking whore.
    A bullhook must be used for this piece of shit and all animal torrents. Over and over again in the mug hit to the end.

  9. This is fuckin despicable and it must be stopped immediately.How anyone could be so cruel is unreal.Boycott these arseholes,they don’t deserve our business..

  10. When will these big corporations get the message, that we, as consumers of their products , do not agree with these methods of testing.

    Unfortunately money seems to be the only language they understand.

    Don’t buy their products !!!!!

  11. Julie Bates says:

    Love Yolanda’s and Allisons comments ..with u both girl !!!

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