German authorities will cut the number of animals used for testing by up to 20% as the country tries to curb its growing meat and meat-based meat products.
The new rules come as Germany struggles to meet a growing demand for animal testing.
In 2016, the country recorded more than 50,000 tests for diseases and ailments, according to the Federal Veterinary Office.
The country has more than 400,000 licensed veterinarians, and a record 2.7 million animals are now used for meat and animal feed.
German regulators have been criticized for being too lenient on animal testing, which can lead to the animals suffering as much as 10% of their lives if they have a disease.
This new policy is the latest move by Germany’s veterinary watchdog to reduce the number and severity of tests for meat.
Earlier this year, the Federal Animal Welfare Agency said it would also cut its tests for animal welfare and would not test any animals for diseases, as well as other tests, including a skin biopsy test.