2012 ANIMAL USE STATISTICS SUMMARY

Information on the animals used for research, testing and teaching in New Zealand in the year 2012.

On average nearly 250 animals were killed every day in New Zealand for research, testing or teaching in the year 2012.

NZAVS often gets queries about the numbers of animals used in New Zealand and how many are killed, what types and who uses them.

The National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee (NAEAC) publishes an annual report that includes information on the animals used in New Zealand for research, testing and teaching (RTT). These statistics are scattered through the 55 page report so we have summarised them here for ease of access.

Note: This information is for 2012. 

 

Total used: 301 964

Number killed by the end of the RTT: 88 995

 

Purposes

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: 6268

Production of biological agents: 5704

Species conservation: 5670

Development of alternatives: 1641

Other: 1139

 

Types of Animals

Amphibia: 2021

Birds: 14 638

Cats: 695

Cattle: 124 582

Cephalopods/crustaceans: 4154

Deer: 3927

Dogs: 915

Fish: 27 949

Goats: 1568

Guinea pigs: 2090

Horses/donkeys: 758

Marine mammals: 783

Mice: 55 870

Pigs: 264

Possums: 5570

Rabbits: 1519

Rats: 10 523

Reptiles: 5349

Sheep: 38 544

Misc. species: 245

 

Organisation Type

Universities: 80 303

Commercial organisations: 149 095

Crown Research Institutes: 45 213

Polytechnics: 5658

Government Departments: 195

Other (commercial medical research, individuals etc.): 18 723

Schools: 2777

 

 Source: NAEAC 2013 report on the 2012 year

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