Protection of animals used in experiments in Polish law – history, present day and perspective: a review
MZ Felsmann, J. Szarek, M. Felsmann, E. Strzyzewskahttps://doi.org/10.17221/7378-VETMEDCitation:Felsmann M., Szarek J., Felsmann M., Strzyzewska E. (2014): Protection of animals used in experiments in Polish law – history, present day and perspective: a review. Veterinarni Medicina, 59: 117-123.
The aim of EU legislators with respect to experiments on animals was to reduce to an absolute minimum both the number of animals used in experiments and their suffering. This study presents, from a historical point of view, expectations related to the coming into force on 1 January 2014 of Directive 2010/63/EU adopted on 22 September 2010. At the same time, it points out that, in some situations, carrying out experiments on animals in practice is different than in theory. The study calls attention to the issue of mere literal conformity of the Polish law with EU directives, illustrating it with examples and takes a critical view of the omission of veterinarians (Veterinary Inspection) from the supervision of experiments.Keywords:
laboratory animals; experiments on animals; animal rights; animal welfare