Number used in research in 2000
*Nearly six times more pound cats (2,530) than cats bred specifically for research were used in experiments.
Guinea pigs: 37,391
Number used for medical purposes
*Only 27 per cent of all animal experiments are for medical purposes.
Guinea pigs: 1,915
Number used in product testing
*A total of 1,396,781 animals were used in product testing between 1996 and 2000.
Guinea pigs: 28,942
Number used for educational and training purposes
Guinea pigs: 205
*The use of animals in AIDS research has been found by doctors in the U.S. to be largely unproductive.
Number used in experiments causing moderate to severe distress
Guinea pigs: 24,788
*Government-mandated toxicity tests account for 82 per cent of the most extreme suffering inflicted on animals.