In 2016 an average of 176 animals were killed every day in New Zealand for research, testing or teaching.
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), publishes an annual report that includes information on the animals used in New Zealand for research, testing and teaching (RTT). This report has just been released — access this full report at the bottom of the page.
We have summarised this information for ease of access as the MPI report presents them in a variety of ways (actual numbers, percentage compared to the previous year, number increase/decrease etc.).
A total of 254,453 animals used in research, testing and teaching were reported in 2016, that's 29,143 more than the previous year. This was a 12.9% increase.
This is not necessarily an increase of animals being used for RTT in NZ, but rather a reflection on the nature of reporting. Some experiments run for longer than a year, sometimes up to 3-4 years. The approval for using animals for RTT is granted once, so even though an experiment may run for years, it counts as one approval rather than the approval of each year
A more accurate representation of the number of animals used for RTT in NZ is the average number of animals used over a three year period, which is 263,350 animals.
Note: This information is for 2016.
Total used: 254,453
Number killed by the end of the RTT: 62,401
Basic biological research: 45,471
Veterinary research: 58,365
Animal husbandry research: 11,926
Medical research: 16,542
Environmental management research: 7447
Species conservation: 4453
Production of biological agents: 25,717
Development of alternatives: 64
Types of Animals
Guinea pigs: 1900
Marine mammals: 2974
Misc. species: 360
Commercial organisations: 115,654
Crown Research Institutes: 63,848
Other (commercial medical research, individuals etc.): 7683
Government departments: 3973
Also, click here to find out more details about the animal manipulation forms (for example the definitions of the different purposes) – Animal Use Statistics – Guidance for Completing Statistical Returns