03-12-2007 - Statistics published on experimental animals used in the EU
The total number of animals used for experiments in the EU in 2005 was 12.1 million, according to the latest EU report of the statistics of laboratory animals.
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As in previous years, by far the biggest group of animals used was rodents and rabbits representing more than three-quarters (78%) of all animals used. As in 2002, no Great Apes (gorillas, orangutans, chimpanzees, bonobos) were used in experiments in the EU in 2005. About one third of animals (33%) were used for fundamental research, another third for the research and development for human and animal health. The rest included animals used for the production and quality control of medical products (15%, of which 3.5% for the veterinary field), toxicological evaluation of products (8%), diagnostic purposes (2%) and education (1.6%).
Since the report includes data from the 10 new Member States it is not possible to draw direct comparisons with the results of the previous reports (1996, 1999, 2002).