The 3Rs-Centre Utrecht Life Sciences has released the Spanish translation of the Humane Endpoints website today. With the Spanish translation included, the website is available in four languages. The fifth and last language, German, will be added later this year.
The Humane Endpoints website (www.humane-endpoints.info) 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 400 registered users for the secured section of the website. With the addition of the Spanish translation, the website can be consulted by more people worldwide. Later this year the website will be extended with a German translation and information on humane endpoints in fish.
The Spanish translation was done by AWSHEL-IAS (Animal Welfare: Science, Humanities, Ethics and Law, specialized in interdisciplinary animal studies) of the University of Alcalá de Henares in Madrid, which is one of our valued partners. The Humane Endpoints website is, together with the Interspecies Database (www.interspeciesinfo.com), part of the 3Rs database programme of the 3Rs-Centre Utrecht Life Sciences (ULS).
The mission of the 3Rs- Centre ULS is to stimulate the development, acceptation and implementation of methods which can Replace, Reduce and Refine (the 3Rs) animal experiments. Part of the activities of the centre are advising and communicating about the 3Rs and participating in laboratory animal education.
The 3Rs-Centre ULS is part of the Department of Animals in Science and Society of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University. This department focuses on issues pertaining to animal welfare in science and our society. The 3Rs-Centre is affiliated with Utrecht Life Sciences (ULS, www.utrechtlifesciences.nl).