Statistics for Animal Experimentation and Testing
More than 100 million animals are used in experimentation and tested each year. Animals such as rats, dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, monkey, and birds are all used in biology lessons, medical training, and experimentation for testings. Over 40% of Americans are against animal testing. Since 1968, there has been an approximate 40% decrease in animal testing used. The following statistics outline the current state of animal testing.
Funding Research with Animal Experimentation
1. Approximately 47% of all National Institute of Health (NIH) funded research includes some form of experimentation on nonhuman animals.
2. The NIH budgeted $30 billion for research and development.
3. Charities such as the March of Dimes, American Cancer Society, and others fund experiments on animals.
4. One third of the projects funded by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society included some form of animal experimentation.
5. 1 million animals used in experiments (excluding rats, mice, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and agricultural animals used in agricultural experiments), plus an estimated 100 million mice and rats.
Percentage of Animals Used in Testing
According to the Animal Welfare Act, the following animals are used in experimentation.
1. Cats: 80 million
2. Dogs: 54 million
3. Dogs and Cats Put to Death each Year: 13.4 million
4. Total animals killed in research annually: 19.5 million
5. Percentage of all tests done on rats and mice: 87.5%
6. Percentage of tests done on non-human primates: 0.5%
7. Percentage of animals that experience pain when tested: 6%
8. Percentage of animals that experience no pain: 61%
9. Animals euthanize to avoid pain: 31%
Total Number of Species Used in Annual Research
10. Dogs: 66,610
11. Primates: 57,531
12. Pigs: 58,598
13. Rabbits: 245,786
14. Hamsters: 176,988
15. Sheep: 32,360
Is Animal Testing Necessary
An exploration into the necessity of performing animal testing and the cost to humans in the end.
Global Animal Experimentation
Within the European Union alone, more than 12 million animals are used each year for testing with France, Germany, and the United Kingdom being among the top three countries.
1. Approximately 12 million experiments are conducted in Europe each year.
2. 2.3 million animals were used in France in 2005.
3. 1.8 million animals were used in Germany in 2005.
4. Globally, Finland and Ireland manage the lowest number.
5. Sweden, Spain, and Greece has doubled their use of animals in testing.
6. 50% of animals used in cosmetic testing die within 2-3 weeks after the experiment. The United Kingdom has banned the use of cosmetic testing since 1990.
Costs of Animal Testing
A look at the costs of animal testing provided by the National Institute of Health. 40% of the funds received are provided to animal testing in the name of research.