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What are laboratory animals used for?

The table below presents which animals that are used in Denmark and the purpose of the experiments in which they are used. The table shows precise numbers as a permit is required from the Animal Experiments Inspectorate to perform any experiments including Animals.

Species and purpose (Denmark 2017)

Species and purpose

Species

Basic Research

Translational and applied research

Regulatory use and Routine production

Protection of the natural environment in the interests of the health or welfare of human beings or animals

Preservation of species

Higher education or training for the acquisition, maintenance or improvement of vocational skills

Forensic enquiries

Maintenance of colonies of established genetically altered animals, not used in other procedures

Mice

63.656

87.466

11.451

0

0

1.920

0

29

Rats

11.527

24.001

1.813

0

1.157

0

0

Guinea-Pigs

242

338

2.359

0

0

8

0

0

Hamsters (Syrian)

0

279

3

0

0

0

0

0

Other rodets

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

Rabbits

57

1.862

187

326

0

11

0

0

Cats

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Dogs

118

52

39

0

0

5

0

0

Ferrets

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Other carnivores

580

455

0

0

0

0

0

0

Horses, donkeys & cross-breeds

46

57

0

4

0

12

0

0

Pigs

2.371

1.551

867

0

0

1.184

16

0

Goats

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

Sheep

36

15

0

6

0

9

0

0

Cattle

995

580

0

2.042

0

77

0

0

Other Mammals

28

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Domestic fowl

0

466

0

0

0

0

0

0

Other birds

43

0

329

36

0

0

0

Reptiles

257

32

0

0

0

0

0

0

Rana

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Xenopus

75

0

210

0

0

0

0

0

Other Amphibians

47

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Zebra fish

400

0

1.187

0

0

0

0

0

Other Fish

3.517

4.440

1.800

168

5.601

80

0

0

Cephalopods

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total

84.006

121.595

19.916

2.875

5.637

4.463

16

29

Species and purpose (Denmark 2016)

Species and purpose

Species

Basic Research

Translational and applied research

Regulatory use and Routine production

Protection of the natural environment in the interests of the health or welfare of human beings or animals

Preservation of species

Higher education or training for the acquisition, maintenance or improvement of vocational skills

Forensic enquiries

Maintenance of colonies of established genetically altered animals, not used in other procedures

Mice

60.503

79.736

12.336

591

0

2.125

0

0

Rats

11.374

32.181

1.651

14

0

1.462

0

0

Guinea-Pigs

153

577

2.326

0

0

0

0

0

Hamsters (Syrian)

0

52

80

0

0

20

0

0

Other rodets

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

Rabbits

70

1.933

112

196

0

14

0

0

Cats

18

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Dogs

25

102

136

0

0

3

0

0

Ferrets

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

Other carnivores

387

192

0

0

0

0

0

0

Horses, donkeys & cross-breeds

22

270

0

2

0

25

0

0

Pigs

3.306

2.770

361

0

0

1.493

40

0

Goats

0

6

0

0

0

0

0

0

Sheep

24

0

2

0

11

0

0

Cattle

232

128

2

1.650

0

98

0

0

Other Mammals

55

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Domestic fowl

122

1.558

0

0

0

52

0

0

Other birds

36

0

337

0

0

0

0

Reptiles

262

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Xenopus

56

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Other Amphibians

30

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Zebra fish

250

0

3.058

0

0

0

0

0

Other Fish

26.883

18.663

1.470

0

1.491

84

0

0

Cephalopods

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total

103.812

138.170

21.532

2.792

1.491

5.387

40

0

Species and purpose (Denmark 2015)

Species and purpose

Species

Basic Research

Translational and applied research

Regulatory use and Routine production

Protection of the natural environment in the interests of the health or welfare of human beings or animals

Preservation of species

Higher education or training for the acquisition, maintenance or improvement of vocational skills

Forensic enquiries

Maintenance of colonies of established genetically altered animals, not used in other procedures

Mice

62.081

78.054

13.120

5

0

2.430

0

3

Rats

11.599

31.522

3.810

0

0

1.701

0

0

Guinea-Pigs

235

390

1.982

0

0

36

0

0

Hamsters (Syrian)

0

160

12

0

0

0

0

0

Gerbils

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Other rodets

14

72

0

0

0

0

0

0

Rabbits

8

1.306

114

232

0

8

0

0

Cats

59

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Dogs

24

84

32

0

0

34

0

0

Ferrets

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Other carnivores

480

392

0

0

14

0

0

0

Horses, donkeys & cross-breeds

16

87

0

1

0

16

0

0

Pigs

5.722

2.348

604

193

0

1.712

0

0

Goats

0

11

0

0

0

0

0

0

Sheep

22

15

0

4

0

6

0

0

Cattle

45

413

2

3

0

92

0

0

Other Mammals

38

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Domestic fowl

81

582

0

1.724

0

20

0

0

Other birds

34

26

0

378

0

0

0

0

Reptiles

265

0

0

0

0

0

0

Rana

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Xenopus

64

0

0

0

0

0

0

Other Amphibians

26

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Zebra fish

300

0

2.230

0

0

0

0

0

Other Fish

7.831

7.977

1.050

120

244

96

0

0

Cephalopods

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total

88.944

123.439

22.956

2.660

258

6.151

0

3

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