Statistics

Statistics 2007 – Animal use in research & 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 12 million animals. The NSW Animal Research Review Panel has however informed us that the majority of the fish used were fish larvae used in a breeding program in low impact studies. If we exclude these, the total figure would therefore be more like 5.6 million.

Figures will be updated as they become available.

Type of animalsVicNSWSATasQldACTWANTTotal
Mouse361,113210,69865,0192,794n/a110,50777,085n/a827,216
Rat37,08830,00715,4701,058n/a4,171n/a87,794
Guinea Pig5,9833,021652n/a70n/a9,726
Rabbit2,8893,99752213n/a104n/a7,525
Other Lab Animals2,7244692n/an/a2,862
Cat36244775n/a21n/a905
Dog1,4099,898206n/a4n/a11,517
Other Domestic56263n/an/a319
Sheep39,650126,297130,95312,442n/a94227,095n/a536,531
Cattle9,91519,0376,004505n/an/a35,461
Pig12,69510,50147,301n/a12n/a70,509
Horse/Donkey1,0783,39967n/a10n/a4,554
Other Stock Animals2741,024257n/an/a1,555
Native Mammals7,630156,5049,1174,101n/a703406n/a178,461
Exotic ‘feral’ Animals2749,620658n/a10n/a10,562
Primates65147n/a5n/a217
Domestic Fowl308,1111,130,1989,669n/a1,390744,793n/a2,194,161
Other Birds102,928274,26527,8427,316n/a1,519n/a413,870
Reptiles8,29257,9449,9221,121n/a938n/a78,217
Fish292,4236,561,04841,90857,849n/a1,224n/a6,954,452
Amphibians6,75137,582908145n/a1,201n/a46,587
Other Aquatic Animals5,6453,717n/an/a9,362
Other569n/a4n/a78
TOTALS1,207,3608,646,012370,35987,344n/a121,9871,049,379n/a11,482,441

n/a – Yet to be received

NSW: Includes all aquatic animals

WA: Does not include all animals used.

ACT figures are from ANU and CSIRO only.

Purpose of projectVicNSWSATasQldACTWANTTotal
Understanding human or animal biology339,485157,78433,649n/an/an/an/a530,918
Maintenance and improvement of human or animal health and welfare413,544219,26222,049n/an/an/an/a654,855
Improvement of animal management or production97,6646,180,35717,111n/an/an/an/a6,295,132
Production of biological products98,857n/an/an/an/a98,857
Diagnostic procedures11,816n/an/an/an/a11,816
Achievement of educational objectives80,7841,151,9671,853n/an/an/an/a1,234,604
Environmental study275,883713,92412,682n/an/an/an/a1,002,489
Regulatory product testing51,723n/an/an/an/a51,723
Stock breeding and maintenance60,322n/an/an/an/a60,322
Unspecified370,359n/a121,9871,049,379n/a1,541,725
TOTALS1,207,3608,646,012370,35987,344n/a121,9871,049,379n/a11,482,441

n/a – Yet to be received

SA did not provide a numeric break-down of purpose of project

ACT did not provide a breakdown of purpose of project

WA: Unspecified.

Severity of procedureVicNSWSATasQldACTWANTTotal
Observational studies involving minor interference424,4897,876,1177,072n/an/an/an/a8,307,678
Animal unconscious without recovery166,413126,35316,298n/an/an/an/a309,064
Minor conscious intervention392,965458,24945,441n/an/an/an/a896,655
Minor operative procedures with recovery51,11024,23913,290n/an/an/an/a88,639
Surgery with recovery37,49512,4822n/an/an/an/a49,979
Minor physiological challenge47,090101,864255n/an/an/an/a149,209
Major physiological challenge87,54716,0174,986n/an/an/an/a108,550
Death as an end point25126,317n/an/an/an/a26,568
Production of genetically modified animals4,374n/an/an/an/a4,374
Unspecified370,359n/a121,9871,049,379n/a1,541,725
TOTALS1,207,3608,646,012370,35987,344n/a121,9871,049,379n/a11,482,441

n/a – Yet to be received

SA did not provide a break-down of severity of procedure.

ACT did not provide a break-down of severity of procedure

WA: Unspecified.

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

Sources:

VIC

Summary of Statistics of Animal Experimentation, Victoria. Report Number 25. 1 January, 2007 to 31 December, 2007.

NSW

Animal Research Review Panel NSW Annual Report 2007/08. (Statistics for calendar year 2007)

SA

Department for Environment & Heritage, Teaching and Research using animals in South Australia, 2007.

TAS

Department of Primary Industries and Water, Animal Research statistics Tasmania Annual Report, 1 January to 31 December 2007.

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

Fox, T., ‘One million animals a year in tests‘, The West Australian, 5 March 2009, p.13.

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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