Each year, around three million animals suffer and die in research laboratories worldwide. According to figures from the German Animal Welfare Federation, a total of 2,825,066 vertebrates and cephalopods (octopuses and squid) were ‘used’ for scientific purposes in 2018. Of those, 686,352 animals were killed without actually being subjected to experiments. At the invitation of the University of Bern (Switzerland), international scientists have now drawn up new recommendations for animal experiments and sent out “a call for a paradigm shift to improve the reproducibility of test results and simultaneously reduce the number of animals used in experiments.”
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