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Porton Down military lab blew up 18 pigs

Amy Willis and other sources | 26.01.2010 05:28 | Animal Liberation | Anti-militarism | Bio-technology

Frankenstein would be Bonapartes
had eighteen pigs blown apart

Live pigs are being blown up as part of a series of government terrorism experiments at Porton Down, the government's secret military research laboratory.

By Amy Willis
Published: 1:43PM GMT 24 Jan 2010

(Porton Down propaganda removed)
Eighteen pigs wrapped in protective Kevlar blankets were blasted .

The animals were placed less than three yards from an explosive. Before being blown up, tubes were inserted into their blood vessels and bladders, and their spleens were removed.

Scientists wanted to find out how long the animals survived when more than a third of their blood had drained from their bodies.

Medics hope the experiments will help British soldiers in Afghanistan as well as casualties of terror attacks like the July 2005 bombing of the London Underground and a double-decker bus.

Norman Baker, the Liberal Democrat MP for Lewes, questioned the use of live animals in military experiments.

Talking to the Sunday Times he said: “These are revolting and unnecessary experiments. Sadly, we are too familiar with the effects of terrorism. It is perfectly possible to find out things we don’t know without blowing up pigs to find out.”

The facility at Porton Down, in Wiltshire, was originally set up during the first world war to research chemical warfare.

No pigs survived the experiments


At the Univ of Innsbruck in Austria pigs were buried
alive in snow and their body responses monitored
as they froze to death. While the Austrian university
claims it was done for avalanche research, there is
speculation that Afghan soldiering was a motive.

At the Univ of Wisconsin, pigs have been tasered.
They have also been tasered at Barnes Air Force Base
in Texas.

They are burned in research in the Netherlands
and Australia.

The Australian project is in the hands of Dr Nicholas Vardaxis, senior lecturer in pathology at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). His fellow sadist is Dr Thomas Brans, of the Dutch Burns Foundation.

Amy Willis and other sources


Display the following 5 comments

  1. These MOD experiments are used to test weapons not to save lives — Stop Camden Bio Hazard and Animal Lab [Mandy Ford]
  2. perspective — anon
  3. Simple solution — ALF
  4. pah - lease — fran
  5. reply to "Perspective" commenter — Pig Rights