Spec. Issue 2006 - Article Summary

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Challenges and opportunities of animal welfare organisations in influencing and making public policy

Ursula G. Sauer
Akademie für Tierschutz, Neubiberg, Germany
For ethical and scientific reasons, the German Animal Welfare Federation strives for an end to all animal experiments. Amongst other issues, its political activities lately have been dedicated campaigns to end the use of non-human primates in research and on the new
EU Chemicals Policy, REACH. Animal welfare requests are backed up by strong societal support. In influencing public policy animal welfare issues have to be weighed against other societal concerns, such as human health and environmental protection, and personal or economic interests. From the point of view of animal welfare, animal experimentation can be stopped without impeding human health or environmental protection.

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