Animal Welfare Act is slowly working - Statistics show 16% decrease in animals used in research

02/18/2014 - 00:00

By Tom - 

In 2011 the USDA stopped publishing its animal research statistics on the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service(APHIS) website (with the last full stats being 2010). We have recently received the 2012 statistics for animals used in research under the Animal Welfare Act. Overall the number of animals used in research fell by 16% since 2010, falling over 180,000  from over 1.1 million (2010) to just over 950,000 (2012).