Over 550,000 animals died in laboratory tests in 2020 in Switzerland, according to government statistics. The figure includes 400,000 mice and rats, nearly 4,600 dogs, 1,500 cats and 1,600 horses. Primates, cows, pigs, fish and birds were also killed during and after experiments
Over 400,000 people registered to vote in the country of around 1.5 million. Voters will also cast ballots to elect 100 members of parliament for the lower house, 55 of the country's 70 senators, and local mayors.
Kremlin-orchestrated referendums widely denounced by Ukraine and the West as bogus without legal force, they are considered a step towards the annexation of the territories to Russia.
Voters began queueing before polling centres opened at 0500 GMT, the media correspondents saw. The election will end at 2100 GMT when exit polls will give an indication of the final result.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres also called on the country's new parliament "to urgently adopt all legislation necessary to stabilize the economy and improve governance."
The biggest winner turned out to be the nationalist Christian Lebanese Forces party led by Samir Geagea, one of the harshest critics of Hizbollah. Another big winner is Druze leader Walid Joumblatt whose group won all eight seats they were running for.
Since Lebanon's last election in 2018, the country has been rocked by an economic meltdown that the World Bank has blamed on the ruling class, and Beirut was shattered by a massive explosion at the port in 2020.
Around four million people are eligible to vote in the first major poll since Thailand's huge youth-led street protests in 2020 demanding political change and reform to the once-untouchable monarchy.
The 13 independent candidates, drawn from the 2019 protest movement, and some of the Christian parties in parliament have said they will not vote for Berri, leaving him with a much slimmer support, mainly from Shiite parties.