Editors Note: In previous years‘ reports in the Czech Republic, we reported the number of procedures on animals (as required by the EU). We now believe we were mistaken and that while our figures were correct, they refer to numbers of animals, rather than procedures.
There was a big rise in fish (18%), while the use of most other species declined. The use of cats (-13%) and dogs (-47%) both fell, and the use of non-human primates went from 36 down to zero. Mice, rats, birds and fish together accounted for 95% of animal research, similar to other European countries.
According to the Annual Statistics document, the most common areas of research were “Basic research” (36.5%), “Conservation of the natural environment in the interests of the health or welfare of people or animals” (28.2%), Regulatory Testing (16.0%) and “Translational and applied research” (12.8%).
The number of animals used in research has remained remarkably stable since 2013 at around 230,000 animals. This was also the same year that the Czech Republic had to begin reporting its numbers back to the EU under EU Directive 2010/63.
Source of Czech Republic Statistics: http://eagri.cz/public/web/mze/ochrana-zvirat/aktualni-temata/pokusna-zvirata/prehled-zvirat-pouzitych-k-pokusum/tabulky/
See previous years’ reports: