Pro-Test Deutschland lends its voice to science. We supply information for everyone to help understand the role of animal experiments in research. By offering clarification on many scientific, ethical, legal, social, and psychological aspects of animal research, we provide a common platform to all those who wish to stand up for science. And above all, we say: Yes to research. Yes to science. No to ignorance, distrust, half-truths and hostility. Yes to insight – and Yes to a deeper understanding of what we humans are.
We believe that animal research is not only ethically viable but necessary. We are convinced that an overwhelming majority of the population will not and cannot do without the benefits of research on animals. It is often hard for people outside of the scientific community to obtain reliable information about what animal research is good for and why it is needed. Thus, to facilitate an informed and fair debate for the entire society Pro-Test Deutschland supplies information on one common platform and provides contacts to everybody who wishes to know more about the role of animal experiments in science.
Scientists are constantly, often painfully, aware of the responsibility they bear undertaking research that raises ethical questions, which experimentation on animals most certainly does. They still make the moral decision to follow through on their line of inquiry: because they are convinced of their methods, and of the results they bring. And because they believe that research on animal models is as ethically justifiable as it is scientifically indispensable.
What scientists often fail to do, however, is communicate their moral decisions and the ethical reasoning behind them to the broader public. It is no surprise, therefore, that scientists are often accused of a supposed lack of ethics and attacked for allegedly inhumane, groundless, and therefore, immoral treatment of animals in their research.
We do not think animal research lacks ethical standards or moral fiber. We think that all it really lacks is a voice. It is time for science to speak up. For it is part of a society that deserves to know the whole story. That is the mission of Pro-Test Deutschland.