Opposition to Animal Testing on the Rise
By Allyson Koerner, Ecorazzi
It seems more animal supporters are showing their true colors when it comes to speaking out against animal testing, PETA reports.
Since 2001, there has been a significant increase in those living in the United States who find animal testing “morally wrong.” The study can be found in the 2012 issue of Context, a research magazine of the American Sociological Association.
The research team included PETA, the University of Alabama-Birmingham and Manhattanville College, where they “examined data collected in independent surveys by the Gallup organization from 2001 to 2011, in which approximately 1,000 American adults each year were asked whether they found “medical testing on animals” to be “morally acceptable” or “morally wrong.”
The results showed, in 2011, that 43 percent of adults found medical testing on animals “morally wrong.” This is a 10 percent increase since 2001.
The study also determined an increase in opposition by 25 percent – to a majority of 59 percent – to medical testing between 2001 and 2011 for those aged 18 to 29.
“This study clearly shows public opinion turning against cutting up, poisoning, and killing animals in experiments,” revealed Justin Goodman, the study co-author and associate director at PETA. “When nearly half of all those polled morally oppose animal testing, it’s time for a serious re-evaluation of how public funds are spent in our nation’s laboratories.”
To see further results, visit PETA.org.