Which countries still carry out animal tests?

Animal experimentation statistics

Published by Statista Research Department on Aug 24, 2020
On March 11, 2013, the EU-wide ban on the sale of cosmetic products and ingredients that had previously been tested on animals came into force. Animal testing for cosmetics has been banned in Germany since 1998 and in the European Union since 2004. The now recognized sales ban is intended to prevent companies from relocating the testing of raw materials and end products to third countries in order to then import them into the EU.

Since the introduction of the Laboratory Animal Registration Ordinance in 1989, there has been a legal obligation in Germany to register laboratory animals. While the number of experimental animals decreased by 1.1 million animals between 1989 and 1997, the number of animals used for scientific experiments increased by around 1.08 million animals in the last 10 years and reached the highest level of around 2 in 2011, 9 million laboratory animals. The renewed increase is due to the increased use of transgenic mice. With 261 animal experiments officially registered in the database for animal experiments, Munich ranks first among the animal experiment strongholds in Germany.

Animal experiments approved in Germany are carried out in particular in the field of basic biological research and drug research. Experimental animals are also used in product manufacture, quality control and toxicology. In 2011, basic biological research accounted for around 35 percent of all animals, research and development of pharmaceuticals accounted for around 16 percent. The smallest proportion was used in the context of toxicology, the toxicity tests.

The most common test animals in Germany are rodents such as mice and rats in research laboratories. In particular, cancer and metabolic diseases as well as genomes and stem cells are researched.