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Animal experimentation

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Number of animal experiments also decreased in 2020

30.08.2021: The recent statistics on animal experimentation show: in 2020, the total number of animals used decreased. Since 2015, the use of animals has decreased by about 18 percent overall. Experiments involving moderate to severe constraint to animals have decreased overall by 6.3 percent compared to the previous year. However, the percentage of animals subjected to severe constraint has increased to 3.5 percent.

Brexit

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Brexit: New regulations from 1.1.2021

As from 1 January 2021, the nations of England, Scotland and Wales that are part of the United Kingdom will be considered as third countries from the perspective of veterinary and food law. This means that new regulations will apply to the entry of animals and animal products.

Illegal trafficking in fauna and flora

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Stricter sanctions for illegal trafficking in protected fauna and flora

The Federal Council adopted the dispatch on the amendment of the Federal Act on Trade in Protected Species of Animals and Plants (BGCITES). The amendment is intended to strengthen criminal sanctions, in particular in serious cases of illicit trafficking. The aim is to ensure more effective protection of endangered species of animals and plants.

Species conservation

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Seizures of shawls made from Tibetan antelope wool

In 2019, the FSVO and the Swiss Federal Customs Administration seized 79 shawls made from shahtoosh wool. Three to five antelopes are killed in order to produce each shawl, which is why these animals are threatened with extinction. The consistently high number of seizures shows that the trade in these “shawls of shame” is an ongoing issue. 

Good to know

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Pyrrolizidine alkaloids in herbal tea, tea and iced tea

Pyrrolizidine alkaloids are undesirable toxic natural substances. A study by the FSVO shows that most of the pyrrolizidine alkaloids pass from the herb into the infusion during the preparation of tea.

FSVO Research Report 2017–2020

The FSVO Research Report 2017–2020 is available online. It contains information on research projects supported by the FSVO during the reporting period. Selected projects from the various disciplines are highlighted to give an overview of project implementation and results.

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Food safety survey:

The FSVO has conducted a survey on interest and confidence in food safety in Switzerland. Over 1000 people took part online and by telephone.

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