On 05 December 2013, the European Commission published the “7th Report on the Statistics on the Number of Animals used for Experimental and other Scientific Purposes in the Member States of the European Union”.
The 7th Report provides an overview on the number of animals used in the EU in 2011 for experimental and other scientific purposes. This report includes data from all 27 Member States, submitted in the agreed format by all countries.
The report shows that the total number of animals used for these purposes is just under 11,5 million, with a reduction of over half a million animals in comparison to what reported in 2008, in which animals reached 12,0 million.
For what concerns species statistics, rodents and rabbits account for 80% of the total. Mice are the most commonly used species with 61% of the total use, followed by rats with 14%.
The second most used group of animals is the cold-blooded animals which represent almost 12,5%. The third largest group of animals used is birds with 5,9% of the total use.
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