The total number of animals used in research in 2017 in Germany was 2.8 million, a similar level to 2015 and 2016, the latest figures reveal.
Germany is second only to the UK in its use of animals – in 2014, the total used was 3.3 million.
The figures, sent to the European Commission, show the vast majority of animals involved in the tests were rodents – 1.37 million mice and 255,000 rats.
Among other figures provided by the Ministry of Agriculture, 3,300 dogs and 718 cats were also used.
Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner, was quoted as saying: “I want the number of experiments on animals to be continuously reduced. Animals are fellow creatures and they deserve our sympathy.”