Belgium and Poland release latest animal research statistics

Editor’s Note: Poland made errors by including observations of fish larvae in their annual statistics. This accounted for over 400,000 fish being erroneously being added to the first publication of the statistics. We have now received the corrected version and the article below has been corrected. (May 4th 2016)

In the last two months we have seen statical releases on animal research by Northern Ireland, New Zealand and the Netherlands. We now have the latest releases from both Belgium and Poland.

Animal Research in Belgium

Belgium’s three regions (Flanders, Wallonia and Brussels) independently publish the statistics for their region. We have collated the results[1][2][3] into a single table covering all of Belgium.

Procedures on animals in the Belgium for research in 2014. Click to Enlarge

Procedures on animals in the Belgium for research in 2014. Click to Enlarge

There were 664,472 procedures on animals in 2014. This was 6% higher than in 2013. However, overall the number of animals has fallen over the past 15 years. Wallonia and Flanders, the large regions that make up most of Belgium, unsurprisingly accounted for the most animal procedures.

Trends in Belgium animal experiments 1997-2014. Click to Enlarge.

Trends in Belgium animal experiments 1997-2014. Click to Enlarge.

Similar to other European countries, over 85% of procedures were carried out on mice, rats and fish. However, the 10% of procedures conducted on rabbits and guinea pigs represents a larger proportion than found in most other European countries.

Animal Experiments in Belgium in 2014. Click to Enlarge

Animal Experiments in Belgium in 2014. Click to Enlarge

Animal Research in Poland

Poland produced exceptionally detailed statistics for 2013, similar statistics can now be found for 2014.

Numbers of animal procedures in Poland - Animal Testing 2014 REVISED

Procedures on animals in the Poland for research in 2014. Click to Enlarge

The number of procedures conducted on animals in Poland rose steeply in 2014 by almost 45%, from 162,156 to 233,323 procedures. Much of this is down to a large rise in the number of rats used.

Animal Research by Species in Poland Pie Chart 2014 REVISED

Animal Experiments in Poland in 2014. Click to Enlarge

Dogs, cats and primates account for less than 0.2% of procedures, while mice, rats, birds and fish together account for approximately 89%.

Compare these figures to other countries here.

Speaking of Research seek to be the best source of information on the internet on animal research and testing statistics. Unfortunately language barriers mean that we often find it hard to get statistics from non-English speaking countries. If you speak multiple languages and are able to help us out finding the statistics from other countries we would be very grateful. Statistics for Belgium and Poland were both provided by helpful supporters. See more about how to help here.

[1] Flanders animal research statistics 2014 – http://www.lne.be/themas/dierenwelzijn/statistische-gegevens-over-het-gebruik-van-proefdieren
[2] Brussels animal research statistics 2014 – http://document.environnement.brussels/opac_css/elecfile/IF_Statistiques_Bien-etre_animal_NL
[3] Wallonia animal research statistics 2014 – http://environnement.wallonie.be/bea/ANIMAUX-EXPERIENCES-WALLONIE-2014.pdf
[4] Historical Data for Belgium, page 2 – http://www.bclas.be/sites/default/files/SID_NL%20spreads.pdf
[5] Poland animal research statistics 2013 – https://www.nauka.gov.pl/g2/oryginal/2014_09/434ab27be634574eb76dd03c4dd0e52d.pdf
[6] Poland animal research statistics 2014 – http://www.bip.nauka.gov.pl/sprawozdania_zwierzeta/sprawozdanie-rok-2014.html

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