Statistics

Statistics 2011 – 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 over 7.7 million.

Figures will be updated as they become available.

2011 Statistics

Type of animalsVicNSWSATasQldACTWANTTotal
Mouse587,085331,95251,2879,180n/an/an/an/a979,504
Rat29,40652,0127,2581,004n/an/an/an/a89,680
Guinea Pig8,0983,448489n/an/an/an/a12,035
Rabbit2,7651,233454n/an/an/an/a4,452
Other Lab Animals3,259665n/an/an/an/a3,330
Cat53094268n/an/an/an/a1,540
Dog2,5554,6093739n/an/an/an/a7,546
Other Domestic5790266n/an/an/an/a845
Sheep73,16554,863116,7315,399n/an/an/an/a250,158
Cattle29,27739,2101,1592,540n/an/an/an/a72,186
Pig8,6167,81411,691n/an/an/an/a28,121
Horse/Donkey1,4347,225120n/an/an/an/a8,779
Other Stock Animals527937n/an/an/an/a321
Native Mammals10,321738,90318,64318,743n/an/an/an/a786,610
Exotic ‘feral’ Animals175,19514,296228n/an/an/an/a19,736
Primates3132719n/an/an/an/a359
Domestic Fowl1,032,287106,8492,560n/an/an/an/a1,141,696
Other Birds26,796204,85111,11115,858n/an/an/an/a258,616
Reptiles2,39912,14110,171937n/an/an/an/a25,648
Fish755,963093,078n/an/an/an/a849,041
Amphibians8,94779,4461,314262n/an/an/an/a89,969
Other Aquatic Animals30,534567,81629742,928n/an/an/an/a641,575
Other1213218n/an/an/an/a171
TOTALS2,614,4722,218,906 341,44597,0885,271,911

Including 2765 ferrets and 494 unspecified other lab animals

NSW (Other): Exotic zoo animals. VIC (Other): Wild dogs, foxes (100) and exotic zoo animals (21).

NSW (Other Aquatic Animals): Unspecified

Including 378 goats and 201 unspecific other domestic animals

Including 5 wild goats

Slight discrepancy (of 444) between the total of NSW procedures by animal type (2,218,906), and the totals for NSW procedures by severity and purpose (both 2,218,462).

Purpose of projectVicNSWSATasQldACTWANTTotal
Understanding human or animal biology437,379189,45038,47415,852n/an/an/an/a681,155
Maintenance and improvement of human or animal health and welfare1,260,936283,54622,60312,872n/an/an/an/a1,579,957
Improvement of animal management or production145,13494,01940,6277,486n/an/an/an/a287,266
Production of biological products74,625n/an/an/an/a74,625
Diagnostic procedures8,540n/an/an/an/a8,540
Achievement of educational objectives56,73241,230126,24318,405n/an/an/an/a242,610
Environmental study714,2911,402,726113,49842,473n/an/an/an/a2,272,988
Regulatory product testing24,540n/an/an/an/a24,540
Stock Breeding65,936n/an/an/an/a65,936
Stock Maintenance33,850n/an/an/an/a33,850
Unspecifiedn/an/an/an/a0
TOTALS2,614,4722,218,462 341,44597,0885,271,467

n/a – Yet to be received

Severity of procedureVicNSWSATasQldACTWANTTotal
Observational studies involving minor interference245,6801,217,773144,02519,965n/an/an/an/a1,627,443
Animal unconscious without recovery173,407207,75324,34529,541n/an/an/an/a435,046
Minor conscious intervention1,509,172491,747144,85932,135n/an/an/an/a2,177,913
Minor operative procedures with recovery54,11546,8392,7815,314n/an/an/an/a109,049
Surgery with recovery60,31919,6433,299368n/an/an/an/a83,629
Minor physiological challenge91,88982,30912,6662,744n/an/an/an/a189,608
Major physiological challenge472,95528,6146,7027,021n/an/an/an/a515,292
Death as an end point6,93517,7672,768n/an/an/an/a27,470
Production of genetically modified animals106,017n/an/an/an/a106,017
Unspecifiedn/an/an/an/a0
TOTALS2,614,4722,218,462 341,44597,0885,271,467

n/a – Yet to be received

Sources:

VIC

Department of Primary Industries, Statistics of Animal Use in Research and Teaching Victoria, Report Number 29, 1 January 2011 to 31 December 2011.

NSW

Animal Research Review Panel NSW, Annual Report 2011-2012, December 2012.

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 16 (2011), September 2012.

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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