The 3Rs-Centre Utrecht Life Sciences has released the German translation of the Humane Endpoints website today. With the German translation included, the website is available in five languages.
The Humane Endpoints website learns to recognize humane endpoints in laboratory animals. This helps to prevent further distress in the animals by removing the animals from the experiment (e.g. euthanizing the animals) or by applying analgesia. The website contributes to refinement: the prevention of unnecessary distress in laboratory animals.
The website is already successfully used in several laboratory animal science courses worldwide. It has 1200 unique visitors a month and over 700 registered users for the secured section of the website. With the addition of the German translation, the website can be consulted by more people worldwide. Later this year the website will be extended with information on humane endpoints in zebrafish and this information will also be available in several languages in the long term.
The German translation is made possible by sponsoring partner ZonMw, the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development. The website does not receive any subsidies and its future relies on donations and gifts. Therefore, any donations to help us keeping the website freely available are welcome.
3Rs Database programme
The Humane Endpoints website is, together with the Interspecies Database, part of the 3Rs database programme of the 3Rs-Centre Utrecht Life Sciences (ULS). This programme makes 3Rs information freely available and aims to contribute to the implementation of the 3Rs in animal research.