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2016 Animal Research Statistics


Michael Oberdorfer
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Michael Oberdorfer

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has published the 2016 animal research statistics according to Speaking of Research
The numbers show a 6.9% increase over 2015, despite a general downward trend over the last three decades.
The figures do not include mice, rats and fish, nor do they include 137,000 animals housed in research facilities but not used in research studies in 2016. There has been a small rise in most animal species, except cats, with the most significant increase in non-human primates.
The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS/USDA) has provided the breakdown here.
A number of nations have a clear policy of transparency regarding animals in research, including the UK which recently posted a visual 360 degree tour of several animal facilities. Could the United States do more to promote transparency as suggested by Speaking of Research?
What do you think?

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Hugo Sanchez-Castillo

Not only the United States can do better, we need to improve the transparency around the world. Actually in Mexico the 90% of the research is on rodents, however there is no more statistics about other species. If we improve the transparency we will improve the ethics and the quality of our research.

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