Taking Ethical Considerations Into Account? Methods to Carry Out the Harm-Benefit Analysis According to the EU Directive 2010/63/EU


In March 2013, the Messerli Research Institute hosted an international symposium. Several well-known experts from the field of ethical evaluation of animal experiments took part. The aim was to develop a comprehensive knowledge base for the elaboration of the Austrian catalogue of criteria. More than 20 speakers from eight European countries and the USA talked about their experience with the topic and with the transposition of the EU directive in their own countries. A summary of the talks was published in July 2015 in the online version of ALTEX [Link 1] (Volume 4, No. 1). 


Tierstudien: Tiere und Tod

The fifth edition of "Tierstudien" discusses the topic "animals and death". The essays in this book ask how, why and where animals die and how their death is perceived, justified, represented and handled. The authors deal with animal offering, animal graves, bullfight, euthanasia, stranded wales and the role of animals in war. They analyse representations of animal death in the arts an in films, embodiment of zoomorphic death as well as animal death from a phenomenological point of view.

Martin Huth from the Unit of Ethics and Human-Animal Studies wrote an essay on "Ihr Tod geht uns an. Eine Phänomenologie des Sterbens von Tieren" (Their death concerns us. A phenomenology of animal dying).

More Information at Neofelis Verlag [Link 2]


Scientific responsibility in animal testing

Wissenschaftliche Verantwortung im Tierversuch. Ein Handbuch für die Praxis

Reserachers conducting animal experiments are not only responsible for the quality of their work, but also for the animals they are working with. Therefore, it is a central matter for the authors of this book to show that this question is not of a go/no-go type, but can consider both aspects. Strategies to protect lab animals and measures to ensure quality can be complementary.


published in December 2013

More information at Nomos [Link 3]


Relatives in mind - strangers in law

Verwandte im Geiste - Fremde im Recht. Sozio-kognitive Fähigkeiten bei Tieren und ihre Relevanz für Tierethik und Tierschutz. Tierrechte - Menschenpflichten

Relatives in mind - strangers in law. Socio-cognitive abilities in animals and their relevance for animal ethics and animal welfare. Animal rights - human obligations.

The book by Judith Benz-Schwarzburg examines the consequences of new insights into knowledge and abilities of animals for their moral status. It also deals with the question what this means for our dealing with animals and our view of the human-animal relationship.

released in December 2012

More Information at Harald Fischer Verlag [Link 4]


Anthology "Das Tier an sich"

Perspectives for new ways in science-based animal welfare across the disciplines

The relationship between humans and animals is often inconsistent. A new anthology, edited by Prof. Herwig Grimm and behaviourist Dr. Carola Otterstedt, looks at those inconsistencies from different perspectives. Scientists from different disciplines like philosophy, biology, law or theology mark points of reference to a responsible dealing with animals.

More information at Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht [Link 5]


Anthology "Was ist ein moralisches Problem?"

The question, what a moral problem is, is not an easy one and is treated in different ways by different scientific disciplines. In this book representatives of various scientific fields explain how they identify and discuss moral problems.

More information at Verlag Karl Alber [Link 6]



2012 list of publications of the Unit Ethics and Human-Animal Studies [Link 7]


Human-Animal News

More information about events and publications

Human-Animal News [Link 8]