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Animal welfare: A matter of attitude

From fish, shrimp and bees to mice and rats, sheeps, goats, chickens, cows and pigs: Many different animals are kept at the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR). They are required for scientific questions on improving the living conditions of laboratory animals and on food and feed safety (refinement at the Bf3R).

It is particularly important to us that our animals are well cared for. Animal welfare is also of great importance to society. Our research helps us to strengthen this concern.

Scientific data from animals is only meaningful if the animals are healthy and feel as comfortable as possible. The husbandry of each animal species is designed and developed further according to scientific results so that it meets the needs of the animals as far as possible. They live in stable groups with sufficient space for exercise and rest, receive species-appropriate food and varied activity material. The ruminants have access to pasture, the rabbits live in free-range conditions. A trusting bond with humans, careful handling and targeted, animal-friendly training reduce stress in experimental situations.

This means we can help to improve the living conditions of our laboratory animals in accordance with the 3R principle (see “About the Bf3R”). We also advise the scientists at the BfR about which animal groups are best suited for their experiments and what needs to be considered when housing and caring for them - both for animal welfare purposes and for the quality of the scientific results. We take care of and look after our laboratory animals according to these principles and are always looking for further possibilities to improve their situation.

FAQs on BfR animal experiments can be found here



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