Good to 740,000 animals have been killed in Germany last year for scientific purposes. A further two million animals were used in experiments for scientific animal. The the Federal Ministry of food and agriculture (BMEL) reported in its latest statistics.

The total number of animals used in 2017 to 2.8 million, a similar level as in the years 2015 and 2016. In 2014, the test animal number was 3.3 million animals (see chart). In the past, the values are not comparable between 2013 and 2014, the detection system was changed.

most scientists are put according to the report, mice, a total of 1.37 million animals. This corresponds to just under 50 percent of the test animals. Added 255.000 rats and 240,000 fish and 3300 dogs and 718 cats. Clearly the number of monkeys has increased: last year it was at 3472 animals, in 2016, there were 2462.

50% were in the area of basic research

“I want the number of animal tests is continuously reduced. Animals are fellow creatures. They deserve our compassion,” said Minister Julia Klöckner (CDU), according to the “New Osnabrücker Zeitung”. There where experiments on animals are indispensable, should go to Alternative research, this promotes your Ministry financially.

The Greens in the Bundestag criticized as insufficient. Renate Künast, animal welfare policy spokesperson for your group, said: “We now need a clear exit strategy.”

experts believe that it is the end of all animal experiments in the foreseeable future is unrealistic. Especially in basic research, you will see obstacles. There, the basic functions of the organism to be explored, which can only be simulated, if one has understood it. As animal researchers see their own work and justify itself, read here.

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in 2017, were used 50 percent of the test animals in the field of basic research. 27 per cent went to the production or Review of medications. A further 15 percent of the scientists used immediately for research into diseases in humans and animals.


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