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 The Animal Experimentation Scandal (2005 Updated Report):
An Audit of the Funding of Animal Experimentation By Seven Federal Agencies Listing the top Laboratories in Order of Funding Received During 2003
By Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director,
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National Trends

In general the trend appears to be towards an increase in animal experimentation. The total of all of funded projects involving the listed 27 species of animals for fiscal 2003 is 30,426. The total for 1994 (a ten year comparison) was 21,439. This is an increase of 42% or 8987 grants. Grants funded using thirteen of the twenty-seven measured species increased, with the most significant increases involving virtually all species of primates an overall increase for this category of 322 grants or 32%, rats & mice a combined increase of 81% or 10,590 grants. The remaining 14 species had decreases with the most significant involving rabbits (1422 grants or 43%), hamsters (292 grants or 54%), guinea pigs (37% or 195 grants) and cats (41% or 251 grants).

Using this data it is possible to develop a very general approximation of how much these government agencies spend on animal experiments per year. The NIH publishes average dollar amounts per grant. For the year 2003, the average grant was $400,631. This approach generates an estimated 2003 animal experimentation funding total of $12,189,598,806 or approximately $12.2 billion. This should be compared with a 1994 funding level of $4,766,854,455. In a ten year span the increase in animal research funding was $7,422,744,351 or 156%. Appendix A contains the national statistics broken down by species for both 2003 and 1994.

Every day the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP), Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ), and Office of Assistant Secretary of Health (OASH) spends over $33,396,161 on animal experiments.

Statistical Highlights

  • 2003 funding for animal experimentation -- $12.2 Billion
  • 10-year increase of $7,422,744,351 or 156%
  • Over $33,396,161 spent daily by the federal government for animal experiments.

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