Statistics

Statistics 2006 – 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 (740,299 for QLD, N/A for NT), this would bring the total number of animals used to more than 7.6 million animals.

Figures will be updated as they become available.

Type of animalsVicNSWSATasQldACTWANTTotal
Mouse351,284207,37437,3782,668n/a134,236580,550n/a1,313,490
Rat40,91633,4218,3931,491n/a3,52068,048n/a155,789
Guinea Pig7,8372,532571n/a1221,982n/a13,044
Rabbit2,9315,71879319n/a98802n/a10,361
Other Lab Animals819876n/a12n/a1707
Cat345271175n/a151,282n/a2,088
Dog1,8111,300192n/a2,649n/a5,952
Other Domestic46n/an/a46
Sheep82,94185,625116,15812,607n/a7557,511n/a354,917
Cattle13,84516,1568091,341n/a3,484n/a35,635
Pig55,3758,54520,098n/a186,503n/a90,539
Horse/Donkey8861,6286337n/a4,210n/a6,824
Other Stock Animals817389414n/a4,013n/a5,633
Native Mammals8,41324,37112,0171,274n/a55419,323n/a65,952
Exotic ‘feral’ Animals903,4694,3705n/a3,522n/a11,456
Primates128122n/a33n/a283
Domestic Fowl60,5001,026,4727,102n/a1,877805,689n/a1,901,640
Other Birds70,78642,19814,81111,029n/a1,18619,084n/a159,094
Reptiles6,81230,7778,2971,351n/a36717,295n/a64,899
Fish401,9731,471,025144,09862,131n/a177560,183n/a2,639,587
Amphibians5,0297222,400n/a2,045n/a10,196
Other Aquatic Animals8811,5525,297n/a24,868n/a32,598
Other11,022241n/a27n/a11,290
TOTAL1,125,4872,961,634378,889101,650n/a144,3172,181,043n/a6,893,020

NSW: includes all aquatic animals

ACT figures are from ANU and CSIRO only.

n/a – Yet to be received

Purpose of projectVicNSWSATasQldACTWANTTotal
Understanding human or animal biology281,819285,306156,42438,127n/an/an/a761,676
Maintenance and improvement of human or animal health and welfare246,544342,89829,41715,736n/an/an/a634,595
Improvement of animal management or production336,917146,96127,79715,435n/an/an/a527,110
Production of biological products94,725n/an/an/a94,725
Diagnostic procedures1,948n/an/an/a1,948
Achievement of educational objectives19,651804,164130,5059,600n/an/a42,869n/a1,006,789
Environmental study240,5561,166,63434,74622,752n/an/an/a1,464,688
Regulatory product testing40,332n/an/an/a40,332
Unspecified78,666n/a144,3172,138,174n/a2,361,157
TOTAL1,125,4872,961,634378,889101,650n/a144,3172,181,043n/a6,893,020

n/a – Yet to be received

WA: did not provide a breakdown of purpose of project

ACT: did not provide a breakdown of purpose of project

ANU: Many of the native species were used in field studies

Severity of procedureVicNSWSATasQldACTWANTTotal
Observational studies involving minor interference445,974597,305185,97318,018n/an/an/a1,247,270
Animal unconscious without recovery145,160931,53729,05615,959n/an/an/a1,121,712
Minor conscious intervention331,789540,884148,48146,120n/an/an/a1,067,274
Minor operative procedures with recovery44,43320,6222,1972,327n/an/an/a69,579
Surgery with recovery39,7249,1092,5061,518n/an/an/a52,857
Minor physiological challenge51,620800,0664,36512,746n/an/an/a868,797
Major physiological challenge66,42714,7006,3114,962n/an/an/a92,400
Death as an end point36041,427n/an/an/a41,787
Production of genetically modified animals5,984n/an/an/a5,984
Unspecifiedn/a144,3172,181,043n/a2,325,360
TOTAL1,125,4872,961,634378,889101,650n/a144,3172,181,043n/a6,893,020

n/a – Yet to be received

WA did not provide a breakdown of severity of procedure

ACT did not provide a breakdown of severity of procedure

ANU: Many of the native species were used in field studies

Sources:

VIC

Summary of Statistics of Animal Experimentation, Victoria. Report Number 24. 1 January, 2006 to 31 December, 2006.

NSW

Animal Research Review Panel NSW Annual Report 2006/07.

SA

Department of Environment and Heritage, Teaching and Research using animals in South Australia, 2006.

TAS

Animal Research statistics Tasmania Annual Report, Report Number 11:1, January 2006 to December 2006.

QLD

Statistics for 2005-2008 are not publicly available. Personal correspondence from Senior Project Officer (Animal Ethics), Animal Biosecurity and Welfare, Biosecurity Queensland, 2 September 2010.

ACT

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

Personal correspondence from Executive Officer – Animal Experimentation Ethics Committee, Australian National University, 7 October 2010.

Personal correspondence from Manager, Public Affairs and Communication – CSIRO Livestock Industries, 28 October 2010.

WA

Use/Supply of animals for scientific purposes (research and teaching). Annual statistical return for the calendar year 2006, 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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