The Animal Experimentation Scandal - 2006

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The Animal Experimentation Scandal - 2006
An Audit of the 2005 National Institutes of Health Funding of Animal Experimentation
By Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director, SAEN

Audit Findings

National Trends

In general, the overall national trend appears to be towards an increase in animal experimentation. The total of all of funded projects involving the listed 26 species of animals for fiscal 2005 is 30,426. The total for 1995 (a ten year comparison) was 18,251. This is an increase of 59% or 10,686 grants. Grants funded using fifteen of the twenty-six measured species increased, with the most significant increases involving virtually all species of primates an overall increase for this category of 345 grants or 40%, rats & mice a combined increase of 100% or 11,520 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 2004 (newest available statistic), the average grant was $413,109 (this has been rounded to 413,000 for this report). This approach generates an estimated 2005 animal experimentation funding total of $11,950,981,000 or approximately $12 billion. This should be compared with a 1994 funding level of $5,128,531,000. In a ten year span the increase in animal research funding was $6,822,450,000 or 133%. Appendix A contains the national statistics broken down by species for both 2005 and 1995.

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

2005 funding for animal experimentation -- $12 Billion

10-year increase of $6,822,450,000 or 133%

Over $32,742,413 spent daily by the federal government for animal experiments.

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