It has been said by the Volkswagens chief executive Matthias Mueller that the German car maker has taken first consequences for testing diesel emissions on humans and monkeys. He also said that the animal testing was a wrong thing to do and it was not ethical in any way.
Volkswagens chief lobbyist Thomas Steg admitted that he knew about the monkey experiments, which took place in New Mexico in 2014, and he got suspended for not saying anything about it. He admitted that he regrets everything that happened and he said that it never should have happened. Despite of everything he took full responsibility for those actions.
The exhaust fume tests were carried out by EUGT, a now disbanded body that Volkswagen funded as well as competitors Daimler, which are owners of Mercedes Benz, and BMW.
New York Times reported that EUGT exposed 10 monkeys to fumes – in an air-tight chamber – from several cars, including a diesel VW Beetle, at a lab in Albuquerque.
Mr.Mueller said that the methods which were used by EUGT were wrong and they were not ethical in any way. He also said that he is sorry for Volkswagen being involved as one of the sponsors of EUGT.
To add on all of this, it has been reported that another EUGT experiment was performed on 19 men and 6 women who inhaled diesel fumes.
The German government arranged a meeting with the car makers to try to find an explanation for all of these experiments which were condemned by politicians and animal rights activists.
They installed a software in Volkswagens diesel cars which enables them to show less polluting during the tests.
Volkswagen admitted in 2015 that they were using so-called “cheat” devices which costed them almost $30bn.
Former VW executive Oliver Schmidt was sentenced to seven years in prison in the US and a $400,000 (£293,000) fine after admitting he helped the firm avoid clean-air laws.