2017 ANIMAL USE STATISTICS SUMMARY

2017 ANIMAL USE STATISTICS SUMMARY

An overview of the animals used in NZ for research, testing and teaching purposes in 2017.

TOTAL ANIMALS USED: 314,571

A total of 314,571 animals used for research, testing and teaching purposes were reported in 2017, that's 60,508 more than the previous year, a 24% increase. 

The rolling 3-year average was 264,648, up 0.5% on the previous year.

NUMBER OF ANIMALS WHO DIED: 168,452 (54%)

A total of 168,452 animals died or were euthanased during, or after, manipulations in 2017. This is 54% of the total number of animals used that year. 

PURPOSES

Animals were used in the following ways in 2017:

  • Basic biological research: 128,896
  • Veterinary research: 32,255
  • Teaching: 44,871
  • Animal husbandry research: 42,025
  • Medical research: 25,151
  • Testing: 23,387
  • Environmental management research: 7,981
  • Species conservation: 7,261
  • Other: 725
  • Production of biological agents: 2,019
  • Development of alternatives: 0

TYPES OF ANIMALS

The following animals were used in 2017:

  • Amphibia: 66
  • Birds: 33,355
  • Cats: 1099
  • Cows: 44,007
  • Cephalopods/crustaceans: 4,028
  • Deer: 1,537
  • Dogs: 888
  • Fish: 101,167
  • Goats: 3297
  • Guinea pigs: 1,952
  • Horses/donkeys: 756
  • Marine mammals: 698
  • Mice: 52,196
  • Pigs: 455
  • Possums: 983
  • Rabbits: 1,208
  • Rats: 7,592
  • Reptiles: 1,096
  • Sheep: 57,436
  • Misc. species: 755

ORGANISATION TYPE

The following types of organisations used animals in 2017:

  • Universities: 154,515
  • Commercial organisations: 77,893
  • Crown Research Institutes: 34,336
  • Other (non-university medical research institutes, zoos/wildlife parks and individuals): 17,702  
  • Government departments: 3,249
  • Polytechnics and institutes of technology: 9,925
  • Schools: 16,951

SOURCE

Animals were sourced from the following places in 2017:

  • Farms: 121,462
  • Breeding units: 69,771
  • Captured: 59,809
  • Commercial sources: 34,440
  • Public sources: 17,929
  • Born during project: 10,366
  • Imported: 794

More Info

The most commonly used species in 2017

Fish were the most commonly used species in 2017, they were used in the following ways:

  • Basic biological research: 78,947
  • Teaching: 9,390
  • Environmental management: 5,574
  • Species conservation: 4,504
  • Animal husbandry: 1,941
  • Testing: 490
  • Medical research: 321

“OTHER” species used

755 animals were reported in the “other species” category. This group was made up of:

  • Bats: 404
  • Ferrets: 221
  • Stoats: 58
  • Hedgehogs: 51
  • llamas: 5
  • Alpacas: 6
  • Chinchillas: 2

The type of animals sourced from breeding units

  • Mice: 50,535
  • Fish: 8,796
  • Rats: 5,896
  • Guinea pigs: 1,892
  • Rabbits: 1,029
  • Sheep: 466
  • Cows: 388
  • Cats: 272
  • Other birds: 157
  • Goats: 131
  • Pigs: 95
  • Dogs: 65
  • Reptiles: 29
  • Pigeons: 16
  • Horses: 2

Animals imported into NZ

794 animals were imported into New Zealand for research, testing and teaching purposes in 2017. These included 744 mice, 38 amphibia and 12 rats.

 


Source: 

Animal Use Statistics Report for 2017 published by MPI (made public July 2020).

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.