According to the latest Home Office figures, more than 3.7 million animals were used in experiments in the UK in 2011, representing a 2% increase since 2010. This is equivalent to beginning 10,391 experiments every day and represents the highest number of animal experiments (since the introduction of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act in 1986) in Great Britain. This is despite the Government’s commitment to reduce the number of experiments.
Animals used included:
2,663,441 mice, 264,135 rats, 11,844 rabbits, 2,865 dogs, 333 horses, 153 cats, 1,459 primates
The statistics for Europe are only published every three years. The latest figures show that in 2008, just over 12 million animals were used, a small decrease from 12.1 million in 2005. France, the UK and Germany were the highest users of animals. The numbers reported to the European Union (EU) are lower than national figures because they currently do not have to report certain types of animals such as genetically modified (GM) animals.
Source: European Commission (2010) The Sixth Report provides an overview on the number of animals used in the EU in 2008 for experimental and other scientific purposes.
Research by the BUAV and the Dr Hadwen Trust suggests between 82 and 154 million vertebrate animals (115 million on average) may be used worldwide each year. 79% of countries do not appear to publish the number of animals they use. Based on our results, and controlling for the same uses and types of animals we estimate that the top 10 countries are United States, Japan, China, Australia, France, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, Taiwan and Brazil.
Source: Taylor, K et al. 2008. Estimates of worldwide laboratory animal use in 2005. Alternatives to Laboratory Animals 36, 327–342.