Statistics

Statistics 2009 – Animal use in research and teaching, Australia

These statistics should be used for general purposes only. Western Australia figures are not available for 2009, but going by the last available figure (1,049,379 for WA in 2007), this would bring the total number of animals used to more than 9.5 million.

2009 Statistics

Type of animalsVicNSWSATasQldACTWANTTotal
Mouse467,097342,24153,6677,693188,897122,607n/a78993,305
Rat35,30941,6179,5261,30515,4223,440n/a91,197
Guinea Pig1,4583,4231,390261n/a6,271
Rabbit1,3141,93855926568n/a3,879
Other Lab Animals1,902496108n/a2,506
Cat2359731054748n/a1321
Dog1,9412,2432951902306947n/a1025,616
Other Domestic2,9065137667n/a3,333
Sheep128,86391,516127,00427,81640,93538n/a6375,237
Cattle22,43664,6443,000314135,908n/a82,26890,394
Pig5,49915,1034,6559,136n/a25,257
Horse/Donkey8772,4666685,963n/a303,417
Other Stock Animals970931n/a300970
Native Mammals12,932331,1066,24823,59428,134785n/a2,018374,665
Exotic ‘feral’ Animals1,98738,4291,634852,68637n/a78542,172
Primates186484305810n/a710
Domestic Fowl102,411138,2327,8671,559,080275n/a162248,785
Other Birds41,330355,3477,2578,98067,4172,610n/a411415,524
Reptiles2,44914,4444,8661,24132,2872,036n/a5,40925,036
Fish1,374,62751,333150,705923,887520n/a63,7961,577,185
Amphibians4,28841,21465310336,030888n/a1,88347,146
Other Aquatic Animals44,972926,9184,3561,044303n/a3,544977,290
Other57367512n/a105
TOTALS2,255,0762,413,891284,995223,0783,050,522134,281n/a160,7928,522,635

NSW: Unspecified, QLD: Cephalopods

QLD: 9 deer and 922 goats

NSW, QLD, and VIC (Other): Exotic zoo animals

NB: ACT figures are from ANU and CSIRO only.

NB: NT figures are from CDU, CSIRO, DOR, NRETAS, NT Gov, and UQ only. 

Purpose of projectVicNSWSATasQldACTWANTTotal
Understanding human or animal biology761,274161,30039,07220,300497,125n/an/a868981,946
Maintenance and improvement of human or animal health and welfare242,132350,63540,10736,7771,306,386n/an/a54,484669,651
Improvement of animal management or production534,177322,8929,686110,029465,747n/an/a32,666976,784
Production of biological products104,126n/an/a104,126
Diagnostic procedures1,967n/an/a1,967
Achievement of educational objectives82,936105,788177,6159,098168,591n/an/a2,498375,437
Environmental study634,557982,45818,51546,874612,690n/an/a68,5661,682,404
Regulatory product testing46,177n/an/a46,177
Stock Breeding63,757n/an/a63,757
Stock Maintenance274,791n/an/a274,791
Unspecified134,281n/a1,710134,281
TOTALS2,255,0762,413,891284,995223,0783,050,539134,281n/a160,7928,522,635

n/a – Yet to be received

ACT did not provide a numeric breakdown of purpose of project

Slight discrepancy (of 17) between the QLD total by purpose of project (3,050,539), and the QLD totals by animal type and severity (both 3,050,522).

Severity of procedureVicNSWSATasQldACTWANTTotal
Observational studies involving minor interference658,4691,190,10785,215114,1001,732,401n/an/a96,3802,047,891
Animal unconscious without recovery257,513306,27713,8915,572458,509n/an/a3,804583,253
Minor conscious intervention637,018548,37434,78783,087674,930n/an/a56,4811,303,266
Minor operative procedures with recovery56,03130,661118,5289,74453,642n/an/a1,257214,964
Surgery with recovery30,41713,4262,68012110,479n/an/a46,644
Minor physiological challenge59,912177,76713,8192,86390,969n/an/a160254,361
Major physiological challenge555,38919,1279,1916,82629,022n/an/a590,533
Death as an end point32723,8136,884765570n/an/a178831,789
Production of genetically modified animals104,339n/an/a104,339
Unspecified134,281n/a134,281
TOTALS2,255,0762,413,891284,995223,0783,050,522134,281n/a159,8708,521,713

n/a – Yet to be received

ACT did not provide a numeric breakdown of severity of procedure

Slight discrepancy (of 922) between the NT total by severity of procedure (159,870), and the NT totals by animal type and purpose of project (both 160,792).

Sources:

VIC

Department of Primary Industries, Statistics of Animal Use in Research and Teaching Victoria, Report Number 27, 1 January 2009 to 31 December 2009.

NSW

Animal Research Review Panel NSW, Annual Report 2009-2010, July 2011.

SA

Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Animals Used for Research and Teaching in South Australia 2009, February 2011.

TAS

Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, Animal Research Statistics Tasmania, Annual Report Number 14 (2009), September 2010.

QLD

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry – Biosecurity Queensland, Use of animals for scientific purposes in Queensland, Statistical report 2009 (Draft), State of Queensland 2012. (Received via RTI application, 2014)

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 received via FOI application (2014). Figures provided are compiled from animal use data for CDU, CSIRO, DOR, NRETAS, the NT Government, and the University of Queensland (where research was conducted in the NT).

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