Academic research institutions are pleased with the unequivocal commitment to responsible research involving animals and humans. The debate surrounding the initiative fostered discussion about the importance of research, understanding the methods and processes that lead to new knowledge, and improving medical care for humans and animals, among other things. The concern for animal welfare is shared by the researchers: They are working hard to develop the 3Rs (Reduce, Refine, Replace) principles and respect the high ethical and legal standards for research in Switzerland.
Representatives of swissuniversities, the ETH Board, Universitäre Medizin Schweiz unimedsuisse, the Swiss 3R Competence Center, Swiss Young Academy, SNSF, Swissfaculty and the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences provided information on the importance of research with animals and humans at a presse conference on 13th of January 2022. The institutions of academic public research and the university hospitals warn of the consequences of adopting the federal popular initiative for a prohibition of human and animal experimentation. It threatens progress, innovation and education in the life sciences and biotechnologies in Switzerland. The acceptance of this initiative would lead to a de facto ban on medicine and research, and it would prevent biomedical research and new medical treatments in particular. The high quality of healthcare and responsible research in Switzerland to the benefit of the population and the environment are at stake.
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