Animal experimentation

Animal experimentation: are we allowed to do that? In this thematic portal, researchers of the Swiss Laboratory Animal Science Association give answers to frequently asked questions.

Animal experimentation is a highly emotional topic. For the progress of human and veterinary medicine and the generation of scientific knowledge, animals are used. Is this justified? When is the conduct of animal experimentation questionable? The discussion on how to weigh the disadvantages and the benefits of animal testing is in full swing. There is no clear-cut answer to this question. But finding an answer is an ongoing task in social discourse, in which the natural sciences represent but one voice among many.

As natural scientists of the Swiss Laboratory Animal Association, we are committed to making our contribution to this discussion and to providing answers to the most pressing questions regarding animal experimentation in Switzerland. But it is up to you to make your own ethical judgement.

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Animal experimentation in general

To avoid undue distress to animals, the conduct of animal experiments in Switzerland is subject to legislation.
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Benefits of animal experimentation

The composition of the body, its metabolism, many processes, ranging from the development of a fertilised egg to the ageing process, are very similar in human beings and other mammals.
Using C. elegans instead of higher developed animals

What are the 3Rs principles?

Replace, Reduce, Refine: The 3Rs are the guiding principles for animal experimentation in Switzerland today.
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Methods without the use of animal testing

Animal experiments are not required for all scientific investigations.
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Research with primates

Research involving monkeys is a difficult issue, because the species so closely resembles humans. Under what conditions can animals that resemble us so closely be used for animal experiments?
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Animals used in experiments

Animals are creatures that deserve to be respected – this is the consensus in our society.

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Animal experimentation: are we allowed to do that? Researchers of the Swiss Laboratory Animal Science Association give answers to frequently asked questions.

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