2013 ANIMAL USE STATISTICS SUMMARY

Information on the animals used for research, testing and teaching in New Zealand in 2013.

On average over 200 animals were killed every day in New Zealand for research, testing or teaching in 2013.

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 50-page report so we have summarised them here for ease of access.

This information is for 2013. 

The total numbers dropped by just under 78 000 from the previous year. Unfortunately, this is not indicative of a movement away from vivisection. As the NAEAC report says, the biggest factor is due to the three-year reporting cycle for long-term projects. It does not show a general trend.

 

Total used: 224 048

Number killed by the end of the RTT: 80 657

 

Purposes

Basic biological research: 52 427

Veterinary research: 43 689

Testing: 30 694

Animal husbandry research: 20 164

Production of biological agents: 17 700

Environmental management research: 17 252

Medical research: 16 804

Teaching: 15 011

Species conservation: 8737

Other: 1792

Development of alternatives: 0

 

Types of Animals

Amphibia: 238

Birds: 25 685

Cats: 676

Cattle: 52 193

Cephalopods/crustaceans: 5485

Deer: 2316

Dogs: 1437

Fish: 24 354

Goats: 581

Guinea pigs: 2209

Horses/donkeys: 272

Marine mammals: 927

Mice: 45 018

Pigs: 236

Possums: 2626

Rabbits: 1386

Rats: 10 806

Reptiles: 991

Sheep: 46 218

Misc. species: 394

 

Organisation Type

Universities: 53 260

Commercial organisations: 102 273

Crown Research Institutes: 51 097

Polytechnics: 4364

Government departments: 5656

Other (commercial medical research, individuals etc.): 6182

Schools: 1216

 

 Source: NAEAC report for 2013

 


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