Cologne court ruling Standard animal experiments banned at Bonn University

Bonn · Students and researchers are no longer allowed to perform standard animal testing on mice for educational purposes. A Cologne court announced the verdict on Wednesday, after the university had filed a lawsuit against such a ban by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

In the experiments, the mice would be injected with psychotropic drugs or alcohol and then they had to "meet special challenges" such as going through a labyrinth or be placed on a hot plate, according to the court.

The verdict states that these are “standard experiments” which are already captured on film. For that reason, it was unnecessary to carry them out again. The students could be shown the videos instead. The students would still be allowed to practice their skills using the mice. This includes being allowed to capture them and give them injections - but for that, the experiments are not necessary.

Bonn university spokesman Andreas Archut did not want to comment on the subject on Wednesday, because he did not yet have the court document with the grounds for the judgement.

(Orig. text: Nicolas Ottersbach, Translation: Carol Kloeppel)

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