Laboratory animal statistics in Germany
The Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture publishes an annual report on the use of animals in science. This includes, amongst others, animals in basic research (accounting to almost 50%), translational/applied research (15%) as well as animals used for regulatory purposes and routine production (27%). In 2017, more than 2.8 million animals were used in animal experiments and sacrificed in the name of science, including mice (accounting to 70%), rats (11%), fish (11%), rabbits (4%), hamsters, cats, dogs, monkeys, pigs, cattle, and many other animal species. Compared to 2016, the total number of laboratory animals decreased by approximately 47.000 individuals.
Since 1989, the number of experimental animals decreased from 2.6 million to 1.5 million in 1997, the lowest figure ever. Ever since, the number of laboratory animals has risen dramatically with the largest number of more than 3 million in 2014.
Of note, the official report does not include all laboratory animals. Animals killed as “surplus” during breeding procedures are not included in the statistics. The number of these animals does by far exceed the number of individuals finally used as cohorts for experimental studies as these experimental groups are matched by gender age and genetic background. Animals not used in experiments are often killed and not included in the statistics. Furthermore, invertebrates (with the exception of octopuses) are not counted.
Statistics on the number of animals used in animal experiments in Germany in 2017, including animals used in experimental procedures and animals killed for scientific purposes:
|Species||No. of animals|
DownloadsLaboratory animal statistics in Germany 2017
Laboratory animal statistics in the EU 2011