Berlin - The scientists in Germany used fewer animals for their research in 2011 than in 2010. That reports that. The number of animals was then 1.5 million in 2011, 10,581 fewer than in 2010.
The German Primate Center is interpreting statistic published last Friday by the (BMELV). The total number published in it is 2.9 million scientific interventions on vertebrates for 2011, which is around 1.9 percent more than in 2010.
"The ministry's figures have to be interpreted correctly," said Stefan Treue , Director of the German Primate Center. The ministry statistics also included blood samples and similar interventions. Such blood withdrawal is often just as uncomplicated in animals as in humans. "Therefore, the BMLEV figures do not say anything about whether there has been more suffering," says Treue.
It would only be approved by the responsible state authority if the scientist could justify that there was no alternative method with which he could achieve the research purpose. In addition, the animal experiment must be ethically justifiable - an independent commission, which also includes animal welfare representatives, examines whether the purpose of the animal experiment justifies the use of the animals.