Statistics 2005 - Animal use in research and teaching, Australia

These statistics should be used for general purposes only. Qld, and NT figures have not yet been received, but going by an average of figures available from previous years (641,067 for QLD, N/A for NT), this would bring the total number of animals used to more than 5.5 million.

Figures will be updated as they become available

Type of animals Vic NSW SA Tas  QLD ACT WA  NT Total
Mouse 362,520 127,636 31,538 2,281 n/a
85,340 240,740  n/a 850,055
Rat 40,741 35,844 9,115 1,813  n/a 3,157 31,768  n/a 122,438
Guinea Pig 9,921 3,771 1,044 4  n/a 228 184  n/a 15,152
Rabbit 2,504 2,366 738 10  n/a 68 47  n/a 5,733
Other lab animals 1,018 3 305    n/a   41  n/a 1,367
Cat 425 347 160    n/a 8 230  n/a 1,170
Dog 1,308 2,527 100    n/a 11 861  n/a 4,807
Other domestic          n/a      n/a  
Sheep 34,253 47,054 30,679 7,251  n/a 397 21,561  n/a 141,195
Cattle 24,978 12,724 943 722  n/a   1,088  n/a 40,455
Pig 7,466 12,716 1,264    n/a 9 3,292  n/a 24,747
Horse/donkey 5,829 1,380 275    n/a   3,046  n/a 10,530
Other stock animals 739 545 848    n/a   22  n/a 2,154
Native mammals 7,845 163,232 4,842 2,540  n/a 47 10,871  n/a 189,377
Exotic ‘feral’ animals 199 6,534 890 117  n/a 143 12,183  n/a 20,066
Primates 140 167      n/a   50  n/a 357
Domestic fowl 227,635 696,335 8,855    n/a 713 2,059  n/a 935,597
Other birds 58,733 260,594 26,635 51,501  n/a 356 14,026  n/a 411,845
Reptiles 2,116 11,158 7,607 1,334  n/a 347 9,374  n/a 31,936
Fish 748,963   23,325 36,457  n/a 174 94,785  n/a 903,704
Amphibians 5,404   1,090 419  n/a 605    n/a 7,518
Other aquatic animals 17,599 1,048,814 494 7,227  n/a   67,519  n/a 1,141,653
Other 4 338      n/a     n/a
342
Totals 1,560,340 2,434,085 150,747 111,676  n/a 91,603 513,747 n/a
4,862,198

NSW (Other aquatic animals): includes all aquatic animals

ACT and WA did not provide a breakdown of purpose and severity of experiments. The following tables will therefore not reflect the same total as that of species used.

Purpose of project Vic NSW SA Tas ACT WA Total
Understanding human or animal biology 350,991 153,318 42,020 29,558 - - 575,887
Maintenance and improvement of human or animal health and welfare 331,551 66,966 23,616 8,378 - - 430,511
Improvement of animal management or production 700,027 78,647 42,907 65,607 - - 887,188
Production of biological products - 58,295 - - - - 58,295
Diagnostic procedures - 1,739 - - - - 1,739
Achievement of educational objectives 38,527 628,793 20,797 5,410 - 72,595 766,122
Environmental study 139,244 1,394,203 21,407 2,723 - - 1,557,577
Unspecified - 52,124 - - 91,603 441,152 584,879
Totals 1,560,340 2,434,085 150,747 111,676 91,603 513,747

4,862,198

Severity of procedure Vic NSW SA Tas ACT WA Total
Observational studies involving minor interference 332,951 1,697,255 63,216 52,200 - - 2,145,622
Animal unconscious without recovery 161,712 64,204 28,742 25,634 - - 280,292
Minor conscious intervention 676,449 471,436 19,982 24,568 - - 1,192,435
Minor operative procedures with recovery 234,769 18,930 8,471 456 - - 262,626
Surgery with recovery 32,014 12,126 3,794 185 - - 48,119
Minor physiological challenge 35,932 109,044 17,271 1,504 - - 163,751
Major physiological challenge 85,714 20,334 7,756 6,997 - - 120,801
Death as an end point 799 35,684 1,515 132 - - 38,130
Production of genetically modified animals - 5,072 - - - - 5,072
Unspecified - - - - 91,603 513,747 605,350
Totals 1,560,340 2,434,085 150,747 111,676 91,603 513,747 4,862,198

Vic.

Summary of Statistics of Animal Experimentation, Victoria. Report Number 23. 1 January, 2005 to 31 December, 2005.

NSW

Animal Research Review Panel NSW Annual Report 2005/06.

SA

Department for Environment & Heritage - South Australian Government.

Teaching and Research using animals in South Australia 2005.

Tas.

Animal Research statistics Tasmania Annual Report, Report Number 10: 1 April 2005 to 31 December 2005. Animal Health and Welfare Branch, Dept. of Primary Industries and Water. The report covers 9 months only due to the reporting period being changed to a calendar year in order to be in line with other states reporting.

QLD

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry – Biosecurity Queensland, Use of animals for scientific purposes in Queensland, Statistical report 2005 (Draft), State of Queensland 2007. (Received via RTI application, 2014)

ACT

Jon Stanhope MLA, Chief Minister ACT, Personal correspondence 26 April 2007.

On an annual basis, no ACT-wide statistics are compiled. Correspondence from Animal Welfare Policy, AWAC Secretariet, 6 February 2014. 

WA

Use/Supply of animals for scientific purposes (research and teaching). Annual statistical return for the calendar year 2005, Dept. of Local Government and Regional Development, WA.

NT

Statistics are not yet available. No indication given of when (or if) they will be available. Phone conversation with NT Government 26 June 2014.

 


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