More than 100 million animals are tested on each year. Hundreds of companies who supply your products choose to test their products on these animals.

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More than 100 million animals are tested on each year consisting of Mice, Rats, Rabbits, Dogs, Cats, Primates, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, Fish, Frogs and Birds. Hundreds of companies who supply medicine, cosmetics and household supplies choose to test their products on these animals. Almost every one of these standard household products in your home has been tested on animals for you to use them.


  • We estimate that at least 192.1 million animals were used for scientific purposes worldwide in 2015. This is the world’s most reliable figure to date.

  • This includes nearly 80 million experiments on animals as well as millions of other animals who are killed for their tissues, used to breed genetically modified animal strains and bred but not used.

  • We estimate that the top 10 animal testing countries in the world are China (20.5 million) Japan (15.0 million), the United States (15.6 million),  Canada (3.6 million), Australia (3.2 million), South Korea (3.1 million), the United Kingdom (2.6 million), Brazil (2.2 million), Germany (2.0 million) and France (1.9 million), in that order.

  • In 2015, an estimated 207,724 tests using dogs and 158,780 tests using monkeys were conducted.

  • The top 10 users of dogs were: China; the United States; Canada; South Korea; Japan; Australia; Brazil; the United Kingdom; Germany and India.

  • The top 10 users of monkeys were: the United States; China; Japan; Brazil; Canada; the United Kingdom; France; Germany; India and South Korea.


  • According to the latest Government figures, a total of 3.40 million experiments were completed in Great Britain during 2019.

  • Of these, 1.67 million (49%) related to the creation or breeding of genetically altered animals who were not used in further experiments.

  • The remaining 1.73 million (51%) were actual experiments on animals, which included 551,835 animals (32%) that were subjected to experiments that even the researchers considered had caused them moderate or severe suffering.

  • Out of the total number of experiments, 57% were for basic research purposes while only 13% were required by regulators.

  • 53% of all experiments were conducted in universities, often using taxpayers’ funds.

  • Animals used included:

    • mice (2.51 million experiments)

    • rats (171,069 experiments)

    • guinea-pigs (6,931 experiments)

    • hamsters (1,583 experiments)

    • other rodents (1,175 experiments)

    • rabbits (10,188 experiments)

    • cats (131 experiments)

    • dogs (4,227 experiments)

    • ferrets (428 experiments)

    • other carnivores (372 experiments)

    • horses (10,512 experiments)

    • pigs (4,905 experiments)

    • goats (53 experiments)

    • sheep (53,277 experiments)

    • cows (5,966 experiments)

    • monkeys (2,850 experiments)

    • other mammals (536 experiments)

    • birds (132,808 experiments)

    • amphibians (7,376 experiments)

    • fish (479,581 experiments)

  • In 2019, 90% of experiments conducted on monkeys used animals who had been imported from outside the EU.

  • There were 67 experiments on substances used to create household products.



Despite the countless companies who actively choose to test their products on animals, there are still many who produce Cruelty Free Products.

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