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 the last available figures (589,047 in 2004 for QLD, 284,995 in 2009 for SA, 134,281 for the ACT in 2009, 1,049,379 for WA in 2007, N/A for NT), this would bring the total number of animals used to nearly 7 million.

Figures will be updated as they become available.

2011 Statistics

Type of animals Vic NSW SA Tas Qld ACT WA NT Total
Mouse 587,085 331,952 n/a 9,180 n/a n/a n/a n/a 928,217
Rat 29,406 52,012 n/a 1,004 n/a n/a n/a n/a 82,422
Guinea Pig 8,098 3,448 n/a   n/a n/a n/a n/a 11,546
Rabbit 2,765 1,233 n/a   n/a n/a n/a n/a 3,998
Other Lab Animals 3,259 66 n/a   n/a n/a n/a n/a 3,325
Cat 530 942 n/a   n/a n/a n/a n/a 1472
Dog 2,555 4,609 n/a 9 n/a n/a n/a n/a 7,173
Other Domestic 579 0 n/a   n/a n/a n/a n/a 579
Sheep 73,165 54,863 n/a 5,399 n/a n/a n/a n/a 133,427
Cattle 29,277 39,210 n/a 2,540 n/a n/a n/a n/a 71,027
Pig 8,616 7,814 n/a   n/a n/a n/a n/a 16,430
Horse/Donkey 1,434 7,225 n/a   n/a n/a n/a n/a 8,659
Other Stock Animals 5 279 n/a   n/a n/a n/a n/a 284
Native Mammals 10,321 738,903 n/a 18,743 n/a n/a n/a n/a 767,967
Exotic 'feral' Animals 17 5,195 n/a 228 n/a n/a n/a n/a 5,440
Primates 313 27 n/a   n/a n/a n/a n/a 340
Domestic Fowl 1,032,287 106,849 n/a   n/a n/a n/a n/a 1,139,136
Other Birds 26,796 204,851 n/a 15,858 n/a n/a n/a n/a 247,505
Reptiles 2,399 12,141 n/a 937 n/a n/a n/a n/a 15,477
Fish 755,963 0 n/a   n/a n/a n/a n/a 755,963
Amphibians 8,947 79,446 n/a 262 n/a n/a n/a n/a 88,655
Other Aquatic Animals 30,534 567,816 n/a 42,928 n/a n/a n/a n/a 641,278
Other 121 32 n/a   n/a n/a n/a n/a 153
TOTALS 2,614,472 2,218,906   97,088         4,930,466

Including 2765 ferrets and 494 unspecified other lab animals

NSW (Other): Exotic zoo animals. VIC (Other): Wild dogs, foxes (100) and exotic zoo animals (21).

NSW (Other Aquatic Animals): Unspecified

Including 378 goats and 201 unspecific other domestic animals

Including 5 wild goats

Slight discrepancy (of 444) between the total of NSW procedures by animal type (2,218,906), and the totals for NSW procedures by severity and purpose (both 2,218,462).

Purpose of project Vic NSW SA Tas Qld ACT WA NT Total
Understanding human or animal biology 437,379 189,450 n/a 15,852 n/a n/a n/a n/a 642,681
Maintenance and improvement of human or animal health and welfare 1,260,936 283,546 n/a 12,872 n/a n/a n/a n/a 1,557,354
Improvement of animal management or production 145,134 94,019 n/a 7,486 n/a n/a n/a n/a 246,639
Production of biological products   74,625 n/a   n/a n/a n/a n/a 74,625
Diagnostic procedures   8,540 n/a   n/a n/a n/a n/a 8,540
Achievement of educational objectives 56,732 41,230 n/a 18,405 n/a n/a n/a n/a 116,367
Environmental study 714,291 1,402,726 n/a 42,473 n/a n/a n/a n/a 2,159,490
Regulatory product testing   24,540 n/a   n/a n/a n/a n/a 24,540
Stock Breeding   65,936 n/a   n/a n/a n/a n/a 65,936
Stock Maintenance   33,850 n/a   n/a n/a n/a n/a 33,850
Unspecified     n/a   n/a n/a n/a n/a 0
TOTALS 2,614,472 2,218,462   97,088         4,930,022

n/a - Yet to be received

Severity of procedure Vic NSW SA Tas Qld ACT WA NT Total
Observational studies involving minor interference 245,680 1,217,773 n/a 19,965 n/a n/a n/a n/a 1,483,418
Animal unconscious without recovery 173,407 207,753 n/a 29,541 n/a n/a n/a n/a 410,701
Minor conscious intervention 1,509,172 491,747 n/a 32,135 n/a n/a n/a n/a 2,033,054
Minor operative procedures with recovery 54,115 46,839 n/a 5,314 n/a n/a n/a n/a 106,268
Surgery with recovery 60,319 19,643 n/a 368 n/a n/a n/a n/a 80,330
Minor physiological challenge 91,889 82,309 n/a 2,744 n/a n/a n/a n/a 176,942
Major physiological challenge 472,955 28,614 n/a 7,021 n/a n/a n/a n/a 508,590
Death as an end point 6,935 17,767 n/a   n/a n/a n/a n/a 24,702
Production of genetically modified animals   106,017 n/a   n/a n/a n/a n/a 106,017
Unspecified     n/a   n/a n/a n/a n/a 0
TOTALS 2,614,472 2,218,462   97,088         4,930,022

n/a - Yet to be received

Sources:

VIC

Department of Primary Industries, Statistics of Animal Use in Research and Teaching Victoria, Report Number 29, 1 January 2011 to 31 December 2011.

NSW

Animal Research Review Panel NSW, Annual Report 2011-2012, December 2012.

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 16 (2011), September 2012.

QLD

Yet to be received.

ACT

On an annual basis, no ACT-wide statistics are compiled. Personal correspondence with ACT Government 12th July 2012.

WA

No WA-wide statistics are available. Phone conversation with Department of Local Government, 7 October 2010.

NT

Statistics are not yet available. No indication given of when (or if) they will be available. Phone conversation with Animal Welfare Unit, 7 October 2010.

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