Some data

EU Statistics

The latest Statistics available for animal experiments in the EU are for 2008 ; the number of animals used was just above 12 million.
Despite promises from the European Commission to reduce and replace the use of animals in experiments, the total animals used in experiments in 2008 is almost the same than in 2005. (11,9 Million / 12.1 million in 2005)
Some countries do not have to report certain types of experiments such as those involving genetically modified (GM) animals…

The 27 countries in the EU reported that in 2008 they used :

  • 21,315 dogs
  • 333, 213 rabbits
  • 754,485 birds
  • 9,569 monkeys

The main users are France, UK and Germany — they use around 55% of the total number of animals.

56% of the monkeys (such a macaques) used in experiments are still being imported into the EU.

Compared with the last set of statistics reported in the EU (for 2005), the number of animals used significantly increased in :

  • Spain (up 51%)
  • Estonia (up 610%)
  • Ireland (up 197%)
  • Austria (up 32%)
  • Portugal (up 22%)

In Europe, biomedical testing still remains the most widely used type of research for drug development. Toxicity testing for drugs, foodstuffs, household chemicals and various other substances is performed in laboratories throughout Europe. Rats and mice are the most commonly used animals. (around 9 millions)
A very large proportion of experiments using animals (33 per cent) were fundamental biological research — which are designed just to see what happens if you subject an animal to certain conditions.
Genrally those experiments are extremely painfull.

Source : European Commission (2010) Sixth Report on the Statistics on the Number of Animals used for Experimental and other Scientific Purposes in the Member States of the European Union