The latest Home Office statistics -
animals used in scientific procedures
The Home Office releases statistics of scientific procedures on animals each year. Numbers reached a minimum in 2001 at a little under 3 million, but have since risen steadily to almost 4 million. The latest Home Office Statistic on animals used in scientific procedures are for 2018.
In 2018, 3.52 million scientific procedures involving animals were carried out in Great Britain, a 7% drop on the previous year and the lowest number of procedures since 2007.
93% of procedures (both for experimental and breeding purposes) used mice, fish and rats.
The Home Office reported that experimental procedures accounted for half of all procedures (1.80 million) carried out on animals in 2018. It added that 56% of these experimental procedures were for the purpose of basic research, most commonly focusing on the immune system, the nervous system and cancer. In this area, 60% of procedures used mice, 17% used fish and 9% used rats.
The remaining procedures (1.72 million) were categorised as procedures for the creation and breeding of genetically altered (GA) animals.
The number of primates and dogs used has increased from 2017, with more than 4,000 procedures using dogs and over 3,000 using monkeys.
The full statistics can be viewed on the Home Office website.
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