Statistics

Statistics 2012 – 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 almost 6.5 million.

Figures will be updated as they become available.

2012 Statistics by Species

Type of animalsVicNSWSATasQldACTWANTTotal
Mouse586,564349,19391,7314,294n/an/an/an/a1,031,782
Rat25,61221,39010,721902n/an/an/an/a58,625
Guinea Pig4,0822,061325n/an/an/an/a6,468
Rabbit1,5291,393351n/an/an/an/a3,273
Other Lab Animals3,26710n/an/an/an/a3.277
Cat71664842n/an/an/an/a1,406
Dog3,8843,6575095n/an/an/an/a8,055
Other Domestic15894814n/an/an/an/a1,066
Sheep91,08384,7762,71035,206n/an/an/an/a213,775
Cattle14,56013,5791,648442n/an/an/an/a30,229
Pig4,22323,03619,092n/an/an/an/a46,351
Horse/Donkey84114,540451n/an/an/an/a15,832
Other Stock Animals338859n/an/an/an/a1,197
Native Mammals13,0901,044,6119,12519,191n/an/an/an/a1,086,017
Exotic ‘feral’ Animals18756,5252,065486n/an/an/an/a10,951
Primates235183n/an/an/an/a256
Domestic Fowl59,743146,9944,879n/an/an/an/a211,616
Other Birds16,380136,46714,7548,791n/an/an/an/a176,392
Reptiles3,04513,3989,760872n/an/an/an/a27,075
Fish421,29197,021n/an/an/an/a518,312
Amphibians5,92987,4172,393924n/an/an/an/a96,663
Other Aquatic Animals30,347386,10213123,591n/an/an/an/a440,171
Other187138n/an/an/an/a127
TOTALS1,288,8102,336,829268,573 94,7043,988,916

n/a – Yet to be received

Including 1783 ferrets and 1484 unspecified other lab animals

VIC: Including 76 macaques and 159 marmosets, NSW: Including 8 marmosets, 3 baboons, and 7 unspecified primates

NSW and VIC (Other): Exotic zoo animals

VIC: Including 338 goats, NSW: Including 640 goats and 219 deer

NSW (Other Acquatic Animals): Unspecified

 

2012 Statistics by Project Purpose

Purpose of projectVicNSWSATasQldACTWANTTotal
Understanding human or animal biology616,389882,024119,2518,877n/an/an/an/a1,626,541
Maintenance and improvement of human or animal health and welfare244,361286,37521,08642,264n/an/an/an/a594,086
Improvement of animal management or production237,36281,83129,5568,900n/an/an/an/a357,649
Production of biological products78,4190n/an/an/an/a78,419
Diagnostic procedures1,9940n/an/an/an/a1,994
Achievement of educational objectives51,75340,90413,4092,451n/an/an/an/a108,517
Environmental study138,945813,49485,29532,212n/an/an/an/a1,069,946
Regulatory product testing60,8520n/an/an/an/a60,852
Stock Breeding75,4880n/an/an/an/a75,488
Stock Maintenance15,4480n/an/an/an/a15,448
Unspecified(24)n/an/an/an/a(24)
TOTALS1,288,8102,336,829268,57394,7043,988,916

n/a – Yet to be received

 

2012 Statistics by Procedure Severity

Severity of procedureVicNSWSATasQldACTWANTTotal
Observational studies involving minor interference495,4991,320,10899,64236,194n/an/an/an/a1,951,443
Animal unconscious without recovery149,219192,84032,9995,973n/an/an/an/a381,031
Minor conscious intervention283,003477,278109,10442,079n/an/an/an/a911,464
Minor operative procedures with recovery69,46650,5525,1303,210n/an/an/an/a128,358
Surgery with recovery109,62219,5148,10190n/an/an/an/a137,327
Minor physiological challenge78,74360,3506,5962,707n/an/an/an/a148,396
Major physiological challenge84,63354,4115,2464,451n/an/an/an/a148,741
Death as an end point18,62517,4451,755n/an/an/an/a37,825
Production of genetically modified animals144,3310n/an/an/an/a144,331
Unspecified0n/an/an/an/a0
TOTALS1,288,8102,336,829268,57394,7043,988,916

n/a – Yet to be received

Sources:

VIC

Department of Primary Industries, Statistics of Animal Use in Research and Teaching Victoria, Report Number 30, 1 January 2012 to 31 December 2012. Published 2014.

NSW

Animal Research Review Panel NSW, Annual Report 2012-2013, March 2013.

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 17 (2012), September 2013.

QLD

Yet to be received. Personal correspondence with the Animal Welfare Officer, 12th December 2013. FOI sent 2014.

ACT

On an annual basis, no ACT-wide statistics are compiled. Personal correspondence with ACT Government 12th December 2013.

WA

Statistics yet to be compiled. Data used to collate figures provided by the Department of Agriculture and Food WA (DAFWA) via FOI application, 2014.

NT

Statistics are not yet available. Personal correspondence with Animal Welfare Unit, 12th December 2013. FOI sent 2014.

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