Statistics

Statistics 2008 – Animal use in research and teaching, Australia

These statistics should be used for general purposes only. Qld, Western Australia and NT figures have not yet been received, but going by an average of figures available from previous years (740,299 for QLD, 980,429 for WA, N/A for the NT), this would bring the total number of animals used to more than 6.8 million.

Figures will be updated as they become available.

Type of animalsVicNSWSATasQldACTWANTTotal
Mouse383,040244,91141,0824,867n/a90,941n/an/a764,841
Rat32,27929,8017,6221,364n/a7,406n/an/a78,472
Guinea Pig5,1513,611609n/an/an/a9,371
Rabbit2,8192,40952718n/a111n/an/a5,884
Other Lab Animals2,75638103n/an/an/a2,897
Cat418153149n/a8n/an/a728
Dog1,6953,090340107n/a440n/an/a5,672
Other Domestic14230222n/an/an/a394
Sheep48,317192,7379,61416,577n/a99n/an/a267,344
Cattle7,66913,0423,768116n/an/an/a24,595
Pig7,04133,0424,754n/a76n/an/a44,913
Horse/Donkey8082,70666n/an/an/a3,580
Other Stock Animals32159n/an/an/a191
Native Mammals9,195130,1637,0668,649n/a845n/an/a155,918
Exotic ‘feral’ Animals2,04530,5151,18832n/an/an/a33,780
Primates9032332n/an/an/a445
Domestic Fowl130,4251,081,55715,664n/a270n/an/a1,227,916
Other Birds21,050110,22710,19566,586n/a1,970n/an/a210,028
Reptiles6,20368,7577,1161,694n/a3,198n/an/a86,968
Fish530,159266,40939,316n/a14,096n/an/a849,980
Amphibians10,03831,3091,115n/a1,490n/an/a43,952
Other Aquatic Animals15,0211,282,792326761n/an/an/a1,298,900
Other14n/a4n/an/a18
TOTALS1,216,3933,261,386377,967140,087n/a120,954n/an/a5,116,787

VIC Includes cephalopods, crustaceans, seals, sealions, whales and dolphins

NSW (Other Aquatic Animals): Unspecified

NSW (Other): Exotic zoo animals

ACT figures are from ANU and CSIRO only.

n/a – Yet to be received

Purpose of projectVicNSWSATasQldACTWANTTotal
Understanding human or animal biology353,578152,77959,43914,598n/an/an/an/a580,394
Maintenance and improvement of human or animal health and welfare235,275327,18325,94523,489n/an/an/an/a611,892
Improvement of animal management or production223,841456,708203,5823,828n/an/an/an/a887,959
Production of biological products88,906n/an/an/an/a88,906
Diagnostic procedures1,474n/an/an/an/a1,474
Achievement of educational objectives60,008881,67221,01011,173n/an/an/an/a973,863
Environmental study343,691933,90667,99186,999n/an/an/an/a1,432,587
Regulatory product testing96,171n/an/an/an/a96,171
Stock breeding53,265n/an/an/an/a53,265
Stock maintenance269,322n/an/an/an/a269,322
Unspecifiedn/a120,954n/an/a120,954
TOTALS1,216,3933,261,386377,967140,087n/a120,954n/an/a5,116,787

n/a – Yet to be received

ACT did not provide a breakdown of purpose of project

Severity of procedureVicNSWSATasQldACTWANTTotal
Observational studies involving minor interference316,6601,612,461284,04875,189n/an/an/an/a2,288,358
Animal unconscious without recovery184,435339,48816,2555,285n/an/an/an/a545,463
Minor conscious intervention242,5851,052,01158,70435,757n/an/an/an/a1,389,057
Minor operative procedures with recovery50,90926,8952,9142,186n/an/an/an/a82,904
Surgery with recovery22,1569,9214,014448n/an/an/an/a36,539
Minor physiological challenge101,724144,9543,41715,043n/an/an/an/a265,138
Major physiological challenge297,45312,6985,4035,308n/an/an/an/a320,862
Death as an end point47121,6443,212871n/an/an/an/a26,198
Production of genetically modified animals41,314n/an/an/an/a41314
Unspecifiedn/a120,954n/an/a120,954
TOTALS1,216,3933,261,386377,967140,087n/a120,954n/an/a5,116,787

n/a – Yet to be received

ACT did not provide a breakdown of severity of procedure

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

Sources:

VIC

Department of Primary Industries, Statistics of Animal Use in Research and Teaching Victoria, Report Number 26, 1st January 2008 – 31st December 2008.

NSW

Animal Research Review Panel NSW, Annual Report 2008-2009, May 2010.

SA

Department for Environment and Heritage, Animals Used for Research and Teaching in South Australia 2008, 2008.

TAS

Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, Animal Research Statistics Tasmania, Annual Report Number 13 (2008), September 2009.

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

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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