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"No-one may cause an animal pain, suffering or injury, induce anxiety or in any other way disregard its dignity, without justification"

"Animal experiments which cause the animal pain, suffering or injury, induce anxiety, have a significantly detrimental effect on its general well-being or disregard its dignity in any other way must be reduced to the absolute minimum" (Federal Animal Welfare Act, TSchG).

Relevant legislation can be found under:

Further information can be found in the Guidelines from the Federal Veterinary Office (BVET-RL) (in German).

The production and use of genetically modified animals is also regulated in detail (in German). For more information see Animal experiments.

ETH Zurich's policy on laboratory animal research

Experiments using living animals are of crucial importance in biomedical research. It is still far from possible to answer all research questions using alternative methods. ETH Zurich understands this and is clearly committed to laboratory animal research (see ETH Zurich's policy on laboratory animal research, in German only). It supports and encourages the respectful, expert and responsible handling of animals to ensure that procedures are ethical and the research results are meaningful.

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