Statistics

Statistics 2010 – 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 more than 6.2 million.

Figures will be updated as they become available.

2010 Statistics

Type of animalsVicNSWSATasQldACTWANTTotal
Mouse503,934337,21450,3306,484n/an/an/an/a898,040
Rat30,69444,7907,8981,056n/an/an/an/a84,574
Guinea Pig3,9055,860719n/an/an/an/a10,484
Rabbit1,5581,6388882n/an/an/an/a4,115
Other Lab Animals2,9335161n/an/an/an/a3,099
Cat4393971,334n/an/an/an/a2,170
Dog2,8312,6941,787560n/an/an/an/a7,872
Other Domestic6824,61251n/an/an/an/a5,345
Sheep132,86869,984125,196414n/an/an/an/a328,527
Cattle25,58725,4693,649353n/an/an/an/a55,058
Pig96120,29716,063n/an/an/an/a37,321
Horse/Donkey1,2062,804381n/an/an/an/a4,391
Other Stock Animals1,8141,211229n/an/an/an/a3,254
Native Mammals13,37364,2237,80418,060n/an/an/an/a103,925
Exotic ‘feral’ Animals3,4095,3185,327264n/an/an/an/a14,403
Primates28218430n/an/an/an/a496
Domestic Fowl21,73072,87820,2472n/an/an/an/a114,857
Other Birds26,173503,90712,6807,736n/an/an/an/a550,959
Reptiles5,14318,3289,4411,444n/an/an/an/a34,356
Fish778,759118,85456,747n/an/an/an/a954,360
Amphibians7,07254,9928036n/an/an/an/a62,873
Other Aquatic Animals30,009409,9179,420n/an/an/an/a449,346
Other1327n/an/an/an/a40
TOTALS1,595,3751,646,749393,29293,128n/an/an/an/a3,729,865

VIC (Other Lab Animals) : Including 1,145 ferrets

NSW and VIC (Other): Exotic zoo animals

NSW (Other Aquatic Animals): Unspecified

Purpose of projectVicNSWSATasQldACTWANTTotal
Understanding human or animal biology455,318158,88048,17716,451n/an/an/an/a678,826
Maintenance and improvement of human or animal health and welfare217,541302,76926,97810,501n/an/an/an/a557,789
Improvement of animal management or production264,35871,72260,89011,189n/an/an/an/a408,159
Production of biological products19,568n/an/an/an/a19,568
Diagnostic procedures3,630n/an/an/an/a3,630
Achievement of educational objectives97,11743,344170,89118,838n/an/an/an/a330,190
Environmental study561,041901,50286,35636,149n/an/an/an/a1,585,048
Regulatory product testing42,302n/an/an/an/a42,302
Stock Breeding75,867n/an/an/an/a75,867
Stock Maintenance27,165n/an/an/an/a27,165
Unspecifiedn/an/an/an/a0
TOTALS1,595,3751,646,749393,29293,128n/an/an/an/a3,728,544

n/a – Yet to be received

Severity of procedureVicNSWSATasQldACTWANTTotal
Observational studies involving minor interference534,070760,592135,54812,143n/an/an/an/a1,442,353
Animal unconscious without recovery124,243143,15534,95023,341n/an/an/an/a325,689
Minor conscious intervention514,938459,712152,40635,307n/an/an/an/a1,162,363
Minor operative procedures with recovery63,15835,7636,07712,367n/an/an/an/a117,365
Surgery with recovery33,35525,8233,468163n/an/an/an/a62,809
Minor physiological challenge92,71179,07013,2364,903n/an/an/an/a189,920
Major physiological challenge230,58522,6258,0304,533n/an/an/an/a265,773
Death as an end point2,31517,46539,577371n/an/an/an/a59,728
Production of genetically modified animals98,386n/an/an/an/a98,386
Unspecified4158n/an/an/an/a4,158
TOTALS1,595,3751,646,749393,29293,128n/an/an/an/a3,728,544

n/a – Yet to be received

Slight discrepancy (of 4158) between the total of NSW procedures by severity (1,642,588), and the totals for NSW procedures by animal type and purpose (both 1,646,749).

Sources:

VIC

Department of Primary Industries, Statistics of Animal Use in Research and Teaching Victoria, Report Number 28, 1 January 2010 to 31 December 2010.

NSW

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

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 15 (2010), September 2011.

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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