November 17, 2017
For immediate release

VANCOUVER – The Animals in Science Policy Institute (AiSPI) is disappointed to see that Canada has increased the number of animals used in research by 21 per cent since last year – this brings the total number of animals in science to over 4 million, a level that surpasses all previous years.
The Canadian Council on Animal Care recently released their 2016 statistics and a review of this data shows that there has been an increase in all species categories, except guinea pigs and amphibians. Notable increases include a 68% increase in cats, 58% increase in dogs, 53% increase in non-human primates, and 70% increase in pigs.
“We are very disappointed to see that animal use in Canadian science in 2016 passed the 4 million mark,” says Dr. Elisabeth Ormandy, Executive Director at AiSPI. “With advancements in science that allow for the replacement of animals with sophisticated, high-tech non-animal alternatives, we can’t help but wonder why animal numbers are still increasing.”
“It is time for our country, a nation of animal lovers and progressive thinkers, to invest in the policy and infrastructure that will allow a culture of humane research,” Ormandy notes. “It is time for science to respect the lives of animals and embrace the use of non-animal alternatives in research.”

For more information:
See backgrounder: CCAC releases latest animal statistics for 2016
See AiSPI’s data analysis

AiSPI Executive Director, Dr. Elisabeth Ormandy:

The Animals in Science Policy Institute is registered charity (RN: 81659 1721 RR0001) dedicated to advancing education by providing information on ethics and alternatives to reduce and replace the use of animals in research, testing and teaching by: conducting research projects into the efficacy of non-animal alternatives; providing up to date resources and information about non-animal alternatives; and collaborating with stakeholders in science and policy to develop new alternatives that reduce or replace the use of animals in science.