Permanent Senate Commission on Animal Protection and Experimentation
The Senate Commission on Animal Protection and Experimentation is responsible for current issues and development trends in the field of animal experimentation and animal welfare in research, with a key emphasis on social, political and scientific developments.
The commission advises parliaments and public authorities at the EU, federal and state level on questions relating to legislation and provides information to the general public about the need for animal experimentation in basic research. The commission is also on hand to advise when statements relating to animal experimentation are needed and assists the DFG’s Head Office and researchers when queries or problems arise.
Animal welfare is an important issue in many European countries. In Germany, the level of animal protection is very good. The main law governing the legal framework relating to animal experimentation is the Animal Welfare Act (TierSchG) and the ordinances passed on the basis of this act.