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Animal research statistics for Britain, 2013 :: Understanding animal research

The Home Office has just released animal research statistics for 2013. They show:

  • the number of animals used decreased by 0.4% to 4.02 million
  • the number of procedures using animals increased by 0.3% to 4.12 million
  • mice, rats, birds and fish represent 98% of the animals used
  • no tests are carried out for cosmetics and household products
  • no experiments are conducted on great apes (gorillas, orangutans or chimpanzees)

The graph below shows how the total number of experiments has changed since 1946. The recent increase over the past decade is largely due to the increase in the breeding of genetically modified mice.

Below are the numbers of mice, rats, birds and fish, which collectively make up 98.3% of all animals used.

Wendy Jarrett, Managing Director of Understanding Animal Research, said: “I am delighted to see that over 15,000 fewer animals were used in scientific research in 2013 compared to 2012. The number of experimental procedures using these animals has also decreased, with the exception of livestock. genetically modified animals. It is illegal to use an animal for research if there is a viable non-animal alternative, and of course cosmetic testing on animals has been banned in the UK since 1998.”

Last Edit: Aug 16, 2022 9:58 AM

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