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No suffering for animals


No suffering for animals

Researchers and veterinarians must work to minimize the suffering of animals in laboratories. This might be by using analgesia or anesthesia to alleviate pain during or after a procedure, or it could be providing enrichment for animals in order to encourage mental stimulation and prevent boredom. 95% of procedures are classified as mild or moderate. Veterinary medicine doctors have to make sure animals suffer pain and stress as little as possible; stressed animals are less likely to produce reliable results. All animal research must pass an ethical evaluation which weighs up its pros and cons and decides whether it is justified. The research then has to be approved by Veterinary State Inspectors, who are all doctors or vets and who ensure that high welfare standards are applied.

The protection and welfare of animals is an area covered by a wide range of EU legislation. This includes the protection of wildlife, zoo animals, farm animals, animals in transport and animals used for scientific purposes. Animal studies, whether for the development or production of new medicines, for physiological studies, for studying environmental effects or for the testing of chemicals or new food additives, has to be carried out in compliance with EU legislation.

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No suffering for animals
No suffering for animals

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