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Animals used for scientific purposes

Statistical Reports

Seventh Report from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament on the Statistics on the number of animals used for experimental and other scientific purposes in the member states of the European Union COM(2013)859/final

The Seventh 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 27 Member States, submitted in the agreed format by all countries.

Link to all linguistic versions of the official Seventh Report.

The Seventh Report is accompanied by a "Commission Staff Working Paper - Report on the Statistics on the Number of Animals used for Experimental and other Scientific Purposes in the Member States of the European Union in the year 2011", SWD(2013) 497 final. The Staff Working Paper, available in English, provides more details and also includes data from the individual Member States and their respective comments.

What are the key findings?

The total number of animals used for experimental and other scientific purposes in 2011 (with one Member State reporting for 2010) decreased to just below 11,5 million. This is a reduction of over half a million animals used in the EU from the number reported in 2008.

Rodents together with rabbits represent more than 80% of the total number of animals used in the EU. Mice are the most commonly used animal accounting for 61% of the total use, followed by rats at 14%.

No great apes have been used in EU since 1999. Furthermore, there was a significant decrease in the use of non-human primates.

Sixth Report from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament on the Statistics on the number of animals used for experimental and other scientific purposes in the member states of the European Union COM(2010) 511/final 2

The Sixth Report provides an overview on the number of animals used in the EU in 2008 for experimental and other scientific purposes. This report includes data from all 27 Member States, submitted in the agreed format by all countries.

Link to all linguistic versions of the official Sixth Report.

The Sixth Report is accompanied by a "Commission Staff Working Paper - Report on the Statistics on the Number of Animals used for Experimental and other Scientific Purposes in the Member States of the European Union in the year 2008" (SEC (2010) 1107/final 2). The Staff Working Paper, available in English, provides more details and also includes data from the individual Member States and their respective comments.

What are the key findings?

The total number of animals used for experimental and other scientific purposes in 2008 (with one Member State reporting for 2007) is just above 12,0 million.

Rodents together with rabbits represent more than 80% of the total number of animals used in the EU. Mice are the most commonly used animal accounting for 59% of the total use, followed by rats at 17%.

As stated in the fourth and fifth statistical reports no Great Apes were used for scientific purposes in the EU in 2008. The total number of animals used for experiments in the EU in 2005 was 12.1 million.

Fifth Report from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament on the Statistics on the number of animals used for experimental and other scientific purposes in the member states of the European Union COM/2007/675 final

The Fifth Report provides a comprehensive overview on the number of animals used in the EU in 2005 for experimental and other scientific purposes. This report covers for the first time data from 25 Member States. The data was submitted in the agreed format by all Member States.

The presentation of the report follows that of the Fourth Report. All the conclusions at EU level are covered in the official Fifth Report. All the background data is provided in a separate Commission Staff Working Paper. The numbering of tables and figures in the Report are linked to the numbers of the EU Tables and not to the numbering of the chapters of the Report.

Link to all linguistic versions of the official Fifth Report.

The Fifth Report is accompanied by a "Commission Staff Working Paper - Report on the Statistics on the Number of Animals used for Experimental and other Scientific Purposes in the Member States of the European Union in the year 2005" (SEC (2007) 1455). The Staff Working Paper, available in English, provides more details and also includes data from the individual Member States and their respective comments.

Fourth Report COM/2005/7 final

Link to all linguistic versions of the official Fourth Report.

Please note that the linguistic versions are limited to those Member States who were obliged to provide data (EU15).

The Fourth Report is accompanied by a "Commission Staff Working Paper - Report on the Statistics on the Number of Animals used for Experimental and other Scientific Purposes in the Member States of the European Union in the year 2002" (SEC (2005) 45). The Staff Working Paper, available in English, provides more details and also includes data from the individual Member States and their respective comments.

Third Report COM/2003/0019 final

Link to all linguistic versions of the official Third Report.

Copies of the report can be ordered from the Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, catalogue number KT-CO-03-019-XX-C, where XX should be replaced by the 2-letter language code.

Second Report COM/1999/191 final

Sections 1, 2 and 3 of the report are available in pdf format by clicking the language icons below. Section 4 of the report is only available in hard copy. Copies of the report can be ordered from the Office for Official Publications of the European Communities [catalogue number CB-CO-99-187].

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