Statistics: Animal use in research and teaching, Australia

These statistics should be used for general purposes only. Queensland, 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, 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 7.7 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 51,287 9,180 n/a n/a n/a n/a 979,504
Rat 29,406 52,012 7,258 1,004 n/a n/a n/a n/a 89,680
Guinea Pig 8,098 3,448 489   n/a n/a n/a n/a 12,035
Rabbit 2,765 1,233 454   n/a n/a n/a n/a 4,452
Other Lab Animals 3,259 66 5   n/a n/a n/a n/a 3,330
Cat 530 942 68   n/a n/a n/a n/a 1,540
Dog 2,555 4,609 373 9 n/a n/a n/a n/a 7,546
Other Domestic 579 0 266   n/a n/a n/a n/a 845
Sheep 73,165 54,863 116,731 5,399 n/a n/a n/a n/a 250,158
Cattle 29,277 39,210 1,159 2,540 n/a n/a n/a n/a 72,186
Pig 8,616 7,814 11,691   n/a n/a n/a n/a 28,121
Horse/Donkey 1,434 7,225 120   n/a n/a n/a n/a 8,779
Other Stock Animals 5 279 37   n/a n/a n/a n/a 321
Native Mammals 10,321 738,903 18,643 18,743 n/a n/a n/a n/a 786,610
Exotic 'feral' Animals 17 5,195 14,296 228 n/a n/a n/a n/a 19,736
Primates 313 27 19   n/a n/a n/a n/a 359
Domestic Fowl 1,032,287 106,849 2,560   n/a n/a n/a n/a 1,141,696
Other Birds 26,796 204,851 11,111 15,858 n/a n/a n/a n/a 258,616
Reptiles 2,399 12,141 10,171 937 n/a n/a n/a n/a 25,648
Fish 755,963 0 93,078   n/a n/a n/a n/a 849,041
Amphibians 8,947 79,446 1,314 262 n/a n/a n/a n/a 89,969
Other Aquatic Animals 30,534 567,816 297 42,928 n/a n/a n/a n/a 641,575
Other 121 32 18   n/a n/a n/a n/a 171
TOTALS 2,614,472 2,218,906  341,445 97,088         5,271,911

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 38,474 15,852 n/a n/a n/a n/a 681,155
Maintenance and improvement of human or animal health and welfare 1,260,936 283,546 22,603 12,872 n/a n/a n/a n/a 1,579,957
Improvement of animal management or production 145,134 94,019 40,627 7,486 n/a n/a n/a n/a 287,266
Production of biological products   74,625
  n/a n/a n/a n/a 74,625
Diagnostic procedures   8,540
  n/a n/a n/a n/a 8,540
Achievement of educational objectives 56,732 41,230 126,243 18,405 n/a n/a n/a n/a 242,610
Environmental study 714,291 1,402,726 113,498 42,473 n/a n/a n/a n/a 2,272,988
Regulatory product testing   24,540
  n/a n/a n/a n/a 24,540
Stock Breeding   65,936
  n/a n/a n/a n/a 65,936
Stock Maintenance   33,850
  n/a n/a n/a n/a 33,850
Unspecified    
  n/a n/a n/a n/a 0
TOTALS 2,614,472 2,218,462  341,445 97,088         5,271,467

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 1,217,773 144,025 19,965 n/a n/a n/a n/a 1,627,443
Animal unconscious without recovery 173,407 207,753 24,345 29,541 n/a n/a n/a n/a 435,046
Minor conscious intervention 1,509,172 491,747 144,859 32,135 n/a n/a n/a n/a 2,177,913
Minor operative procedures with recovery 54,115 46,839 2,781 5,314 n/a n/a n/a n/a 109,049
Surgery with recovery 60,319 19,643 3,299 368 n/a n/a n/a n/a 83,629
Minor physiological challenge 91,889 82,309 12,666 2,744 n/a n/a n/a n/a 189,608
Major physiological challenge 472,955 28,614 6,702 7,021 n/a n/a n/a n/a 515,292
Death as an end point 6,935 17,767 2,768   n/a n/a n/a n/a 27,470
Production of genetically modified animals   106,017
  n/a n/a n/a n/a 106,017
Unspecified    
  n/a n/a n/a n/a 0
TOTALS 2,614,472 2,218,462  341,445 97,088         5,271,467

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

Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources response to FOI external review received April 2017. It has been acknowledged that the SA statistics are incomplete and that the majority of animals used have not been reported as it is not a legal requirement in South Australia.

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. Correspondence from Animal Welfare Policy, AWAC Secretariet, 6 February 2014.

WA

No WA-wide statistics are available. Phone conversation with Department of Agriculture and Food, WA, 23 March 2014.

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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