2016 ANIMAL USE STATISTICS SUMMARY

2016 ANIMAL USE STATISTICS SUMMARY

An overview of the animals used in NZ for research, testing and teaching purposes in 2016.

Total number of animals used: 254,453

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. 

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. 

The number of animals who died: 62,401

Purposes

Animals were used in the following ways in 2016:

  • Basic biological research: 45,471
  • Veterinary research: 58,365
  • Teaching: 30,396
  • Animal husbandry research: 11,926
  • Medical research: 16,542
  • Testing: 53,123
  • Environmental management research: 7,447
  • Species conservation: 4,453
  • Other: 949
  • Production of biological agents: 25,717
  • Development of alternatives: 64

Types of Animals

The following animals were used in 2016:

  • Amphibia: 593
  • Birds: 9,716
  • Cats: 926
  • Cattle: 104,728
  • Cephalopods/crustaceans: 4,815 
  • Deer: 7,688
  • Dogs: 1,304
  • Fish: 19,632
  • Goats: 4,400
  • Guinea pigs: 1,900 
  • Horses/donkeys: 924
  • Marine mammals: 2,974
  • Mice: 34,013
  • Pigs: 533
  • Possums: 1,169
  • Rabbits: 1,225
  • Rats: 8,770
  • Reptiles: 1,235
  • Sheep: 47,548
  • Misc. species: 360

Organisation Type

The following types of organisations used animals in 2016:

  • Universities: 50,801
  • Commercial organisations: 115,654
  • Crown Research Institutes: 63,848
  • Other (commercial medical research, individuals etc.): 7,683  
  • Government departments: 3,973 
  • Polytechnics: 9,152
  • Schools: 3,342

 


Source: 

MPI report for 2016.

NAEAC report for 2016.

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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