Animal welfare legislation serves to protect animals and ensure their welfare; it regulates the way humans behave towards animals.
The principle of the law is that pain, damage or suffering must not be unjustifiably inflicted on an animal, nor must any animal be subjected to severe anxiety. The neglect, overexertion or mishandling of animals is forbidden.
Animal experiments are subject to especially strict legal requirements. Research work on behaviour and appropriate animal husbandry provides us with the basic framework for the elaboration of legal regulations and for our information work.