When is an animal experiment indispensable?
The vast majority of the Swiss population accepts, with some reservations, the need for animal experiments as part of biomedical research, but it also expects that each individual project will be subject to critical examination.
Only experiments for which there is no alternative method and in which the research benefit is considered to outweigh the suffering of the animals can be regarded as indispensable.
Whether this is the case is decided by the cantonal Veterinary Office on the advice of the Cantonal Commission on Animal Experimentation.
Whether or not an animal experiment is indispensable must be critically questioned in every case, see e.g. the "Ethical principles and guidelines for experiments on animals", by the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences and the Academy of Natural Sciences.
For more information, see also Animal experiments