Last updated on: 10/2/2017 6:00:29 PM PST | Author: ProCon.org

Number of Animals Used for Testing, by Species

820,812 animals were used for research, testing, and education in the United States and Puerto Rico in 2016, the latest year for which government research was available. That number includes 139,391 rabbits, 60,979 dogs, and 18,898 cats. That numbers excludes animals that are not covered by the Animal Welfare Act, including cold-blooded animals (such as reptiles and most fish), farm animals used for food, and birds, rats, and mice specifically bred for use in research.

New Jersey used 70,812 animals in 2016, the most of any state, followed by California (68,759) and Massachusetts (63,766); Wyoming used the fewest at 233. All data below were reported by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).

CATSDOGSGUINEA PIGSHAMSTERSNONHUMAN PRIMATESPIGSOTHER FARM ANIMALSRABBITSSHEEP
OTHER
SPECIES
TOTAL
USA18,89860,979183,237102,63371,18850,22620,597139,39112,196161,467820,812
AK000000000352352
AL4441,35515223360406958021311,5475,378
AR41711311511,99767030443,657
AZ8011,5264654293292181501851,7655,103
CA2,2165,5049,7291,8043,4046,1633,06721,9871,59013,29568,759
CO3571,0822,90746413655031,2184351,5208,852
CT02407854732820208911,2312,716
DC1513545201164305115292016,18017,830
DE5769670005086,38741127,141
FL414675869901,3221,1283441731663,2808,461
GA8012,3691,2655,5032,242701533,997824,11821,131
HI88122077011012182330
IA3066527309,65551,3931341,01360986115,358
ID661425003102430149510
IL7702,1241,9451,4557641,4804392,1147262,01913,836
IN3981,0087139,698266509851,2561905,96120,084
KS6571,2561,05526146381144178486584,549
KY206351670101186224204553401,734
LA954693902,1111023668501293,396
MA595,04617,4214,40710,5835,81079913,5673475,72763,766
MD6464612,7524,5548,4231,779934,5656422,52555,465
ME000000448310415894
MI4643,94618,3061194,7502,2834373,7475021,16635,720
MN8541,74831,7315141223,4921645,61280441145,452
MO1,3642,75811,18317,0302252,8903263,8871641,72341,550
MS1273417113304541074166881
MT2034401708600517966
NC9951,6768,3476821,3002,1595,3613,7132552,33326,821
ND23920310004221729405785
NE596827570106143484166151,692
NH30078445841141,1321,361
NJ8444,80513,89335,4363,10152219010,064431,91470,812
NM1758721810350629003802,2363,995
NV7442810500992501701101,083
NY7001,6142,3717791,7541,2375532,24520811,63823,099
OH1,6084,97233,7978982,1232,39723210,5582323,39360,210
OK2015512,130813336810529712784,747
OR5890377422,1311911392112329874,458
PA1,3993,0691,5668171,2652,73175914,0071,1103,26429,987
PR000364,728220180364,840
RI51251125385705063365
SC190311141733662421218002,3343,849
SD11885201485730795851,005
TN388986346542951,069155307821,2065,176
TX6141,5792,7402,4665,0532,6012,3039,19956813,78840,911
UT146311601,281121251641,0245641283,515
VA7718841174671,9741703441726,3399,816
VT21466300132982,255712,506
WA1577582,7856893,6335942227803117,61327,262
WI4064,6772,2151,3818,9461,2685513,6341623,14135,885
WV641053600101331322,0752,528
WY253724021147870233
USA18,89860,979183,237102,63371,18850,22620,597139,39112,196161,467820,812
ALL
OTHER
SPECIES
TOTAL
CATSDOGSGUINEA PIGSHAMSTERS NONHUMAN PRIMATESPIGSOTHER FARM ANIMALSRABBITSSHEEP
Source: US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), “Annual Report Animal Usage by Fiscal Year: 2016,” aphis.usda.gov, June 27, 2017