Animal experimentation in research: between animal welfare and scientific quality

phys.org | 7/17/2019 | Staff
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In animal experimentation in research, it is important to ensure both the highest scientific quality and high animal welfare standards, yet in practice, this can lead to interdependencies and conflicts. The Permanent Senate Commission on Animal Protection and Experimentation of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) calls on researchers to commit to animal welfare policies as an integral part of scientifically valid project design. To support this goal, the Senate Commission has now published guidelines on the design, planning and implementation of research projects involving animal experimentation.

"With these guidelines, the Senate Commission wants to establish a closer link between the two elementary aspects of animal experimentation in research—animal welfare and scientific validity," says commission chair Prof. Brigitte Vollmar. "We have identified specific requirements for conducting animal experiments in research and also offer assistance on how to ensure validity when planning and describing animal experimental research."

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The publication "Animal Experimentation in Research: The 3Rs Principle and the Validity of Scientific Research" highlights the connection between animal welfare policies in research, particularly according to the 3Rs principle, and the validity of scientific research projects. The 3Rs principle obliges...
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