Animal experts have slammed horror footage from a laboratory showing the alleged abuse of monkeys.

Scenes reportedly filmed at the German laboratory in Neu Wulmstorf, Lower Saxony, show screaming monkeys strapped to metal harnesses.

British primatologist Dame Jane Goodall said: "The footage shows some of the worst abuse I've ever seen on testing with animals."

Activists from Soko Tierschutz and Cruelty Free International say they filmed the video after one of them went undercover getting a job at the lab.

After the video was released, authorities in the Harburg region carried out a spot check of the Laboratory of Pharmacology and Toxicology (LPT) facility and confirmed the allegations made by animal rights activists.

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Photos from the lab show monkeys strapped to seats in rows on the wall, while others have their heads in restraints as they desperately try to escape.

Cats were also experimented on at the lab, which works with major companies to test the "safe" amounts of toxic substances for humans.

According to the undercover activist, the animals are treated with violence by the workers, who are no even trained animal carers.

Dr Goodall added: "Some of the monkeys were lying huddled on the wire floor of their tiny prisons, while others showed stereotypical behaviour, turning in circles and pacing back and forth indicative of extremely high levels of stress."

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She went on: "Some cowered at the approach of a human showing pronounced fear response and sometimes screaming.

"Each monkey had a metal collar tied around the neck. Some shots showed monkeys forced to stand upright, legs tied together, and arms outstretched, virtually crucified.

"One shot showed a monkey's mouth being forced open while a tube was pushed down into the stomach and liquid injected into the tube."

She concluded: "What I have seen in this video is some of the most callous, inhumane and brutal behaviour by humans towards the primates, dogs and cats kept at this laboratory. It is nothing but a living hell."

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Activist Friedrich Mulln from Soko Tierschutz said: "In 2013, we also tried to get a job there, but were not successful. From December 2018 to March 2019 the undercover investigator working in the lab."

He added that the worst treatment was reserved for the monkeys.

The undercover workers said as well as monkeys, beagles were reportedly abused by having pipes forced down their throats, and were often left bleeding following the experiments.

LPT is now under further investigation and faces having its license taken away if the allegations are proven.

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