February 15and 2022
Switzerland rejected, for the Fourth times since 1985, a ballot initiative that would ban animal testing. Nearly 80% of voters said no to the motion (popular initiative). The percentage of voters opposed was higher than previous votes, including: 1985 (70% against), 1992 (56% against) and 1993 (72% against).
We join others in congratulating Swiss voters for their rejection of a dangerous policy, which would have cut the Swiss off from global scientific advances and medical progress, with significant consequences for the health of humans and other animals. Speaking of Research applauds members of the Swiss scientific community whose tireless efforts have helped the public (e.g., here and here) note that Swiss pharmaceutical companies are putting their own weight on the scales, acknowledging the danger of the initiative – for society and public health, but also to their own ability to develop new drugs and medical products, to combat both old and emerging illnesses and diseases. The efforts many have made to achieve the common goal of dispelling misinformation and informing public opinion, while being responsive to the initiative, shows how fragile and erosive public trust can be. As scientists, we can and must do more to advance openness and transparency about the enormous value of animal research.
~Speaking of research