Animal numbers: EU

European Commission (EC). Seventh Report on the Statistics on the Number of Animals used for Experimental and other Scientific Purposes in the Member States of the European Union SEC(2010) 1107/final 2. Brussels: EC. 2010.
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"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…”

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.”


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 provides more details and also includes data from the individual Member States and their respective comments.