The use of laboratory animals is a matter of great public concern. There is a need to reduce the number of animals used in laboratories for experimental and other scientific purposes to the minimum level which is a scientific necessity.
Statistics provide information on where and how the animals are currently used. Good reliable statistics serve as a firm basis for constructive discussion on how a reduction can be achieved. They also assist in analysing the effects of the introduction of new alternative methods, as well as indicating trends in the acquisition and use of laboratory animals.