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rman car makers, including Volkswagen, are under fire for reportedly funding experiments which tested diesel exhaust fumes on monkeys and humans. According to The New York Times, a study was carried out in 2014 designed to defend diesel fumes, which were earlier revealed to be carcinogenic. The experiment reportedly made ten monkeys in air-tight chambers inhale fumes from a diesel Volkswagen Beetle.
Volkswagen Supervisory Board has now called for an inquiry into who commissioned the tests. German government has said such studies are unjustifiable.>>
> It's not just about the basic ethics questions, but the question is what the goal of these tests was. The automobile industry is supposed to be reducing dangerous emissions levels.
And they're supposed to be sticking to these emissions limits. They're not supposed to be using monkeys and even people to prove the so called harmlessness of emissions. So even the basic goals of these tests needs to be critically challeged.>> The revelation is the latest aftershock in the Volkswagen emissions rigging scandal.
The diesel tests were reportedly carried out by an organization called The European Research Group on Environment and Health in the Transport Sector. A body that receives all of its funding from Volkswagen, Daimler, and BMW. German media also claimed that the organization, which was dissolved last year, sponsored scientific studies testing harmful nitrogen dioxide exhaust on people.
It says around 25 healthy young people inhaled the fumes in varying doses at an institute belonging to a university in Germany. It's unclear if the car makers were aware of the monkeys or humans being used in the experiments. Volkswagen, Daimler, and BMW have denounced the study.