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SUI: Experimental animal numbers decline

The number of animals used for experimental purposes in Swit­zerland in 2012 was 8.4% lower than in 2011, totaling about 606,000 animals. Of these, 378,000 were mice, 102,000 rats, 69,000 birds, and 24,000 fish. 277 primates were used for fun­damental research and in the category discovery, development, and quality control. 55% of animals were used in fundamental research. The severity of animal experiments is classified into 4 categories, from 0 to 3. In 2012, 78% of the animal experiments were categorized as severity level 0 or 1; 20.1% as severity level 2, and 1.9% as severity level 3.


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