While back in 2012, 11,699 animals were exposed to the highest severity levels in experiments, in 2020, that number climbed to 19,712 animals, which is an increase of 7.8 percent compared with the previous year.
In the course of the parliamentary deliberations on the initiative to ban animal experiments, on which the Swiss population is expected to vote next year, TIR, together with National Councillor Meret Schneider (GPS/ZH), advocated for a systematic evaluation of the benefits of animal experiments and the development of an exit plan from animal testing based on the results of the evaluation. However, the request was rejected by the National Council. For TIR, this decision is incomprehensible. From an ethical as well as a scientific and not least from an economic point of view, it is simply irresponsible to routinely approve stressful experiments on animals and to fund them with multi-million figures without thoroughly examining their effectiveness. TIR will therefore continue to advocate for the introduction of a systematic benefit assessment in the field of animal experiments.
For more information on the need for a thorough review of the benefits of animal experiments and on the problems of the current approval and funding system, please see our facrsheet (in German). All TIR factsheets can be ordered free of charge from the TIR office or via our web shop.