Astonishing Animal Testing Statistics That Will Make You Vegan
It’s no secret that animal testing happens all over the world. However, you might not fully understand the full extent of the problem. To put things into perspective for you, we’ve searched through mammoths of data to find the most shocking animal testing statistics. If these statistics don’t make you feel sick, then we don’t know what will.
It’s so sad that even with plenty of suitable alternatives to animal testing, countries still allow companies to test products on animals. As you’ll see later on, these numbers are just mind blowing and seem to be increasing every year.
You might think you’re not part of the problem, but you’d be wrong. There are countless products and cosmetics out there that are tested on animals without you knowing. Now we’re not saying that you bought those products knowing full well they were tested on animals. However, once you know which brands do test on animals and you continue to buy them, then you’re part of the problem.
Here are some of the most shocking animal testing statistics.
Worldwide Animal Testing Statistics
The top 10 countries where animal testing takes place:
UK Animal Testing Statistics
In the UK the use of animals in scientific procedures is regulated by the 1986 Animals Scientific Procedures Act (ASPA). This requires licensing and oversight on all places that experiment with animals.
Animal Testing Statistics 2015
Every year the UK government, known as the Home Office, releases it statistics on animal testing and research. Currently, the latest data we have is from 2015 as the 2016 statistics are set to be released in July 2017.
The last statistics were released in 2015 and reported that the total number of procedures on animals was 4.14 million. Of those 4.14 million procedures, 2.08 million (50%) were experimental procedures that involved testing cosmetics. The other 2.06 million (50%) were related to the creation/breeding of genetically altered animals.
This was actually an increase from the previous year of 7%, but the Home Office noted the numbers for 2014 might have been under reported. This is due to them using a slightly different reporting and classification procedure which came into effect in 2014.
Common Animals Tested on in the UK
According to a study by the UK government in 2015 the most common animals used in animal testing are as follows:
- Mice – 1.26 million
- Fish – 294,000
- Rats – 258,000
- Birds – 141,000
- “Specially protected species” (horses, dogs, cats and non-human primates) – 17,000
Comparing the 2015 animal testing statistics to those from 2013 there were several notable changes.
- Testing on fish was up 14% (35,000) to 294,000 testing procedures in 2015
- Experiments on amphibians was up 15% (1,300) to 10,000 testing procedures in 2015
- Procedures on primates was up 12% (380) to 3,600 testing procedures in 2015
- Testing on guinea pigs was actually down 17% (-4,500) to 22,000 testing procedures in 2015
As you can see, mice are by far the favorite test subject. However, as you might not know, animal testing actually takes place on thousands of horses, dogs and cats. If you thought animal testing was just limited to rodents, then think again.
Animal Testing in the United States
The US is a huge country with over 318.9 million residents in 2014. With hundreds of popular cosmetic and drug companies calling the US home, you can imagine what the statistics are like…
Animal Testing Statistics: United States
Every year in the US, the USDA (US Department of Agriculture) release their annual animal testing report. Like most annual reports, there is always a delay in releasing them, so for now the latest data is from 2015.
According to the 2015 annual usage report, the number of animals used in tests was 767,622. Compared to the UK this might seem like nothing, but its to do with how certain animals are classed. Currently, rats, mice, birds or fish are not covered by the Animal Welfare act. This means they are exempt from these statistics which make the amount much lower. Researchers have estimated that if rats, mice, bird and fish were included, the total animal testing procedures could be 11 – 25 million.
Common Animals Testing on in the US
- Guinea Pigs – 172,864
- Rabbits – 138,348
- Other Animals – 130,066
- Hamsters – 98,420
- Primates – 61,950
- Dogs – 61,101
- Pigs – 46,477
- Other Farm Animals – 27,786
- Cats – 19,932
- Sheep – 10,678
One of the most shocking things you can take away from these statistics is: there are more dogs used in research than sheep and pigs combined.
Think about that. Dogs are meant to be man’s best friend and we’re experimenting on them to see if shampoo is toxic. These dogs deserve a loving home and family, not being caged up and tortured.
However, the good news is that the number of dogs being tested on has seen a huge reduction over the years. Back in 1979 there were around 200,000 dogs being tested on. Compared to today’s 60,000, that a significant drop. Although it might sound like good news, (for dogs anyway), the drop has been attributed to the rise in testing on rodents and mice.
Help Stop Animal Testing
Now you’ve seen plenty of animal testing statistics, the rest is up to you. Do you continue to fund animal testing and torture by buying those brands, or do you make a change? If you didn’t know already, there are plenty of manufacturers out there that are committed to producing vegan goods. From vegan candy, to vegan shampoo and toothpaste, if enough people make the switch, animal testing will stop.
With hundreds of vegan friendly companies managing to produce high quality goods without animal testing, it proves it’s not necessary. If enough consumers boycott a manufacturer over their production method, then they’ll eventually have to change.
Businesses want to make money no matter what. Of course, they can’t do that without any customers. If enough customers switch to vegan manufacturers, then other manufacturers will have to follow suit.
See how you can make the change today by looking at our awesome vegan buying guides. Stop letting animals suffer, you have the power to make it stop.