Live Pigs And Dogs Used As Crash Test Dummies In Cruel Experiments

Alfie PowellAlfie Powell in News, World
Published 01.11.19

Live pigs and dogs are being used as crash test dummies, according to an exposé and horrifying images shared by PETA.

The animal rights activist group shared their findings in a blog post, which saw pigs and dogs strapped into chairs and made to suffer collisions.

PETA explained how the Research Institute for Traffic Medicine and Daping Hospital in China often fastens “abused, frightened animals into car seats and crash them into walls until their bodies are bloody, bruised, and mangled.


The blog also said how dogs are forced into L-shaped seating and put to similar tests. It goes on:

They then affixed a disc to their heads with a steel wire rope, sewed sensors into their heads, held their heads up by their ears, dropped a hammer to hit the disc (causing the dogs’ heads to violently thrust backwards and resulting in whiplash, limping, and difficulty in moving hind limbs), and killed and dissected them.


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As for the pigs:

Experimenters tied live pigs to a metal sled for eight hours without providing them with water or food, screwed a metal block into their pelvis, inserted electrodes into their abdomen, slammed them into a wall – which caused multiple fractures and severe injuries to the animals’ spine, pelvis, and internal organs – and killed and dissected them.

Experimenters starved pigs for 24 hours, deprived them of water for six hours, strapped them into a car seat with seat belts and ropes, slammed them into a wall – which caused them to sustain severe fractures, contusions, and lacerations; caused bleeding of their internal organs; and resulted in immediate death for half the animals used – and then dissected them.”


Anne Meinert, a spokesperson for PETA, condemned the testing when speaking to German newspaper Bild:

Letting intelligent and sensitive animals like pigs crash into walls in high-speed tests in China is simply cruel.

It leads to broken bones, internal bruising, lacerations and horrible deaths.”


The blogpost continued:

These days, companies use advanced technology – such as clinical human studies, advanced computer modelling, 3-D medical imaging, and sophisticated manikins – for their car-crash research.

Other researchers have also used human cadavers and virtual reality (digital crash dummies) for the same purpose. In the 21st century, every car company on the planet should already have adopted these methods.”

Images via PETA