Statistics: Animal use in research & teaching, Australia

These statistics should be used for general purposes only. Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia, Australian Capital Territory, and Northern Territory figures have not yet been received, but going by an average of figures available from previous years (1,202,343 for QLD, 315,822 for SA, 980,429 for WA, 122,628 for the ACT, and 160,792 in 2009 for the NT), this would bring the total number of animals used to over 6.5 million.

Figures will be updated as they become available.

2012 Statistics

Type of animals Vic NSW SA Tas Qld ACT WA NT Total
Mouse 586,564 349,193 n/a 4,294 n/a n/a n/a n/a 940,051
Rat 25,612 21,390 n/a 902 n/a n/a n/a n/a 47,904
Guinea Pig 4,082 2,061 n/a   n/a n/a n/a n/a 6,143
Rabbit 1,529 1,393 n/a   n/a n/a n/a n/a 2,922
Other Lab Animals 3,267 n/a   n/a n/a n/a n/a 3,267
Cat 716 648 n/a   n/a n/a n/a n/a 1,364
Dog 3,884 3,657 n/a 5 n/a n/a n/a n/a 7,546
Other Domestic 158 94 n/a   n/a n/a n/a n/a 252
Sheep 91,083 84,776 n/a 35,206 n/a n/a n/a n/a 211,065
Cattle 14,560 13,579 n/a 442 n/a n/a n/a n/a 28,581
Pig 4,223 23,036 n/a   n/a n/a n/a n/a 27,259
Horse/Donkey 841 14,540 n/a   n/a n/a n/a n/a 15,381
Other Stock Animals 338 859 n/a   n/a n/a n/a n/a 1,197
Native Mammals 13,090 1,044,611 n/a 19,191 n/a n/a n/a n/a 1,076,892
Exotic 'feral' Animals 1875 6,525 n/a 486 n/a n/a n/a n/a 8,886
Primates 235 18 n/a   n/a n/a n/a n/a 253
Domestic Fowl 59,743 146,994 n/a   n/a n/a n/a n/a 206,737
Other Birds 16,380 136,467 n/a 8,791 n/a n/a n/a n/a 161,638
Reptiles 3,045 13,398 n/a 872 n/a n/a n/a n/a 17,315
Fish 421,291 n/a   n/a n/a n/a n/a 421,291
Amphibians 5,929 87,417 n/a 924 n/a n/a n/a n/a 94,270
Other Aquatic Animals 30,347 386,102 n/a 23,591 n/a n/a n/a n/a 440,040
Other 18 71 n/a   n/a n/a n/a n/a 89
TOTALS 1,288,810 2,336,829   94,704         3,720,343

n/a - Yet to be received

Including 1783 ferrets and 1484 unspecified other lab animals

VIC: Including 76 macaques and 159 marmosets, NSW: Including 8 marmosets, 3 baboons, and 7 unspecified primates

NSW and VIC (Other): Exotic zoo animals

VIC: Including 338 goats, NSW: Including 640 goats and 219 deer

NSW (Other Acquatic Animals): Unspecified

Purpose of project Vic NSW SA Tas Qld ACT WA NT Total
Understanding human or animal biology 616,389 882,024 n/a 8,877 n/a n/a n/a n/a 1,507,290
Maintenance and improvement of human or animal health and welfare 244,361 286,375 n/a 42,264 n/a n/a n/a n/a 573,000
Improvement of animal management or production 237,362 81,831 n/a 8,900 n/a n/a n/a n/a 328,093
Production of biological products   78,419 n/a   n/a n/a n/a n/a 78,419
Diagnostic procedures   1,994 n/a   n/a n/a n/a n/a 1,994
Achievement of educational objectives 51,753 40,904 n/a 2,451 n/a n/a n/a n/a 95,108
Environmental study 138,945 813,494 n/a 32,212 n/a n/a n/a n/a 984,651
Regulatory product testing   60,852 n/a   n/a n/a n/a n/a 60,852
Stock Breeding   75,488 n/a   n/a n/a n/a n/a 75,488
Stock Maintenance   15,448 n/a   n/a n/a n/a n/a 15,448
Unspecified     n/a   n/a n/a n/a n/a 0
TOTALS 1,288,810 2,336,829   94,704         3,720,343

n/a - Yet to be received

Severity of procedure Vic NSW SA Tas Qld ACT WA NT Total
Observational studies involving minor interference 495,499 1,320,108 n/a 36,194 n/a n/a n/a n/a 1,851,801
Animal unconscious without recovery 149,219 192,840 n/a 5,973 n/a n/a n/a n/a 348,032
Minor conscious intervention 283,003 477,278 n/a 42,079 n/a n/a n/a n/a 802,360
Minor operative procedures with recovery 69,466 50,552 n/a 3,210 n/a n/a n/a n/a 123,228
Surgery with recovery 109,622 19,514 n/a 90 n/a n/a n/a n/a 129,226
Minor physiological challenge 78,743 60,350 n/a 2,707 n/a n/a n/a n/a 141,800
Major physiological challenge 84,633 54,411 n/a 4,451 n/a n/a n/a n/a 143,495
Death as an end point 18,625 17,445 n/a   n/a n/a n/a n/a 36,070
Production of genetically modified animals   144,331 n/a   n/a n/a n/a n/a 144,331
Unspecified     n/a   n/a n/a n/a n/a 0
TOTALS 1,288,810 2,336,829   94,704         3,720,343

n/a - Yet to be received

Sources:

VIC

Department of Primary Industries, Statistics of Animal Use in Research and Teaching Victoria, Report Number 30, 1 January 2012 to 31 December 2012. Published 2014.

NSW

Animal Research Review Panel NSW, Annual Report 2012-2013, March 2013.

SA

Yet to be received. Personal correspondence with the Animal Welfare Project Officer, Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (South Australian Government), 6th December 2013.

TAS

Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, Animal Research Statistics Tasmania, Annual Report Number 17 (2012), September 2013.

QLD

Yet to be received. Personal correspondence with the Animal Welfare Officer, 12th December 2013. FOI sent 2014.

ACT

On an annual basis, no ACT-wide statistics are compiled. Personal correspondence with ACT Government 12th December 2013.

WA

Statistics yet to be compiled. Data used to collate figures provided by the Department of Agriculture and Food WA (DAFWA) via FOI application, 2014.

NT

Statistics are not yet available. Personal correspondence with Animal Welfare Unit, 12th December 2013. FOI sent 2014.

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