2012 ANIMAL USE STATISTICS SUMMARY

2012 ANIMAL USE STATISTICS SUMMARY

An overview of the animals used in NZ for research, testing and teaching purposes in 2012.

TOTAL NUMBER OF ANIMALS USED: 302,193

THE NUMBER OF ANIMALS WHO DIED: 88,995

Purposes

Animals were used in the following ways in 2012:

  • Veterinary Research: 103,171
  • Basic biological research: 71,053
  • Animal husbandry research: 37,348
  • Medical research: 28,258
  • Testing: 22,823
  • Teaching: 18,889
  • Environmental management research: 6,268
  • Production of biological agents: 5,704
  • Species conservation: 5,670
  • Development of alternatives: 1,641
  • Other: 1,139

Types of Animals

The following animals were used in 2012:

  • Amphibia: 2,021
  • Birds: 14,638
  • Cats: 695
  • Cattle: 124,582
  • Cephalopods/crustaceans: 4,288
  • Deer: 3,927
  • Dogs: 915
  • Fish: 28,044
  • Goats: 1,568
  • Guinea pigs: 2,090
  • Horses/donkeys: 758
  • Marine mammals: 783
  • Mice: 55,870
  • Pigs: 264
  • Possums: 5,570
  • Rabbits: 1,519
  • Rats: 10,523
  • Reptiles: 5,349
  • Sheep: 38,544
  • Misc. species: 245

Organisation Type

The following types of organisations used animals in 2012:

  • Universities: 80,303
  • Commercial organisations: 149,095
  • Crown Research Institutes: 45,213
  • Polytechnics: 5,658
  • Government Departments: 195
  • Other (commercial medical research, individuals etc.): 18,723
  • Schools: 2,777

Source:

NAEAC report for 2012.

Find out more about the animal manipulation forms (for example the definitions of the different purposes) here: Animal Use Statistics – Guidance for Completing Statistical Returns.


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