Latest statistics for animals used for scientic procedures in EU now out
Posted on 13/12/2013
The European Commission has made available the latest statistics (Seventh Statistical Report by the European Commission for data collected by 26 Member States for the year 2011, and one member state for 2010) on animals used in experiments in the EU.
The overall use now stands at just below 11.5 million animals, a decrease of half a million since the last set of statistics for 2008. Even though this decrease is welcomed, there is still no substantial evidence that this will be the new trend as there remains no comprehensive approach across the EU to decrease the use of animals for research and testing.
There has been a significant increase in the numbers of mice and fish (used for fundamental research), however with a decrease in the use of non-human primates and notably rats. Since 1999 no Great Apes have been reportedly used in experiments in the EU. However, this Report does not include the increasing breeding of millions of additional genetically altered animals in research and the use of large numbers of these animals is of high concern to us.
This is the last report to be published by the European Commission with data collected in accordance with the requirements of Directive 86/609/EEC*. Data will now be collected using revised statistical reporting requirements, taking into account the increased scope of the new directive 2010/63/EU. Animal suffering is a major concern for the public. From 2015 each EU Member State will also have to report to the Commission on what level of suffering each animal used has actually experienced.