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Animal Research Statistics

Di 8 Luglio 2016 Novembre 21st, 2019 Nessun commento

Animal research is conducted in most countries in the world, though practices differ greatly for recording and reporting the numbers. The U.S. counts only warm-blooded animals in research, teaching, and testing except for rats, mice, and birds that were bred for research. The EU counts all vertebrates as well as cephalopods (octopuses, squid etc). Currently, no country counts all invertebrates (e.g fruit flies and nematode worms).

Some countries proactively publish their data, while in others it is only available through freedom-of-information requests. For a good example of openness, the British Government produces a press release and extensive statistical information in July each year (for the previous years’ numbers), and a briefing is organized for journalists by the Science Media Centre in conjunction with the Home Office.

Speaking of Research seeks to report on the publication of any results when they come out. See the following table and click the “Link” beneath “More information” to be taken to in depth statistics.

Country Year Number of animals (vertebrates)*
Number of mammals exc. mice and rats
More info
Austria 2015 227,317 21,739 Link
Belgium 2014 664,472  74,676 Link
Bulgaria 2014 12,695 3,441 Link
Canada 2013 3,023,184 307,109 Link
Croatia 2014 25,988  837 Link
Cyprus 2014 640  0 Link
Denmark 2013 242,089 19,927 Link
Estonia 2014 6,164  642 Link
European Union (EU) 2011 11,481,521 773,306 Link
Finland 2014 288,142 16,206 Link
France 2014 1,769,618 154,966 Link
Germany 2014 2,798,463 188,872 Link
Ireland 2014 224,249 9,841 Link
Israel 2015 334,767 5,539 Link
Italy 2013 723,739 33,848 Link
Latvia 2014 13,730 150 Link
Lithuania 2014 3,450 ~250 Link
Luxembourg 2014 2,296 0 Link
Netherlands 2014 563,769 50,175 Link
Norway 2013 5,521,991 2,728 Link
New Zealand 2014 310,287 162,106 Link
Northern Ireland † 2014 19,857 3,737 Link
Poland 2014 233,323 23,282 Link
Romania 2014 19,735 2,033 Link
Slovakia 2014  16,812 1,140 Link
Spain 2014 821,570 47,108 Link
Sweden 2012 262,148 15,799 Link
Switzerland 2014 606,505 22,953 Link
United Kingdom (UK) † 2014 3,867,439 117,546 Link
United States (US) 2015 ~ 11-25 million‡ 767,722 Link

* All EU countries count the total number of procedures for each species rather than the total number of animals, these figures differ by about 2% due to reuse and longer studies taking place over several years (with the same animal). While most invertebrates are not included, the EU countries do count Cephalopoda (e.g. octopus, squid and cuttlefish) in their statistics.

† The United Kingdom’s statistics do not include Northern Ireland which are counted separately (so technically it’s Great Britain).

‡ This estimate is based on the number of animals being 15 – 30 times higher than the number of mammals excluding mice and rats. This is true of nearly every other country on the table.

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