What is an animal experiment?
The Animal Welfare Act (in German) defines an animal experiment as "any measure in which living animals are used with the aim of:
- testing a scientific assumption,
- establishing the effect of a certain procedure on the animal,
- testing a substance,
- obtaining or testing cells, organs or bodily fluids, except where this is performed in the context of agricultural production, diagnostic or curative treatment of the animal or to determine the state of health of animal populations,
- obtaining or replicating organisms foreign to the species in question,
- serving teaching or training purposes".
In Switzerland an approved license from cantonal authorities is required to carry out animal experiments.