The Faces Behind the Statistics


Although often hidden behind figures, missing due to discrepancies, or lost within inconsistent reporting requirements, we would like to provide you with a rare opportunity to meet some of the ‘faces behind the statistics’.

Poppy and Alvin

Poppy and Alvin were surrendered to Beagle Freedom Australia after being used to study topical skin treatments. At first overweight, rife with skin problems, and fearful of human touch, Poppy and Alvin are now recovering, and have even learnt to wag their tails happily.

More than 11,000 dogs were used for research in 2017

 Latrobe Lambs

The ‘Latrobe lambs' were used in nutritional studies where they were confined within a shed with very restricted movement and limited social contact. A grated floor was their only bedding material and no direct exposure to sunlight available. They were to be killed at the conclusion of the study, but, thanks to the persistence of many, they are happily living out their days with others at Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary.

More than 272,000 sheep were used for research in 2017


Charliemouse started his life alone in a cage, locked in an Australian laboratory where he was used to test medical products. At only 2 months of age he was fortunate enough to be rescued, but having never previously interacted with other mice, he fought when first introduced to other males. However after much love and care he is now safe and happy in his forever home. 

More than 1,400,000 mice were used for research in 2017

Veronica Lake

Veronica was surrendered to the RSPCA, who were unable to provide any further information about her background other than that “she had been used for research and was in a bad state”. When she first arrived at Hogwatch Animal Sanctuary, Veronica was completely overwhelmed by her newfound freedom. Her last days were lived out at Hogwatch, and were filled with love and companionship.

More than 12,000,000 domestic fowl were used for research in 2017


Leo spent many years in a laboratory undergoing eye experiments and vaccination research. When the facility where he was used ran out of funding he was surrendered to a rescue group. His foster carers were so taken by his character and personality that they were unable to give him up, and instead have provided him with a permanent loving home.

More than 2,587 cats were used for research  in 2017

Sadly, the overwhelming majority of animals used in research do not have a happy ending and are killed at the conclusion of their “use”. Every one of them is an individual like those above, who
should never have been forced to endure such unethical and unnecessary experimentation. Read more in our bulletin, 'The Faces Behind the Statistics', here or watch our video of the faces behind the 2014 statistics here.

Animals should NOT suffer and die when there are more ethical and reliable methods.

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