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.

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Vaiva G.
Vaiva G5 years ago

it's great to hear that people are becoming more aware of how cruel animal testing, and even how useless it often it!

Jane L.
Jane L5 years ago

how were the questions in the survey asked cuz i don't understand the part of the population that doesn't see it as cruelty to animals.

Dale Overall

Susan L you have snatched a huge tasty Mars bar from my hands. Reading this article earlier but coming back to it and seeing your comment...not much of a fan of PETA as they kill off 85 percent of their shelter animals (in my comment below down there) while the Virginia SPCA adopts out 73 percent in the same year...however did consult your reference.

Then a friend asked me to search for something in her apartment...my reward being chocolate. Don't eat Mars bars often but kind of like them...but after reading your source...had to pass over the Mars bar and get something else that was a distant second choice.

Okay,Susan L., you did not snatch my intended savoury and gooey Mars bar from my receptive hands, the company producing Mars bars did it through their actions of testing animals for their purposes. But I really wanted that chocolate bar and can't eat them again til they change their policy.

Dale Overall

There are so many repetitive experiments being done that were done eons ago using the same type of animals, also animals for testing things unnecessary for life such as cosmetics and a variety of other things, totally unnecessary to do this.

As for PETA, they sent me information on a fundraising campaign and I was rather shocked to learn that while the SPCA in Norfolk, Virginia adopts out 73 percent of all cats and dogs at their shelter, PETA, the so called animal advocates kill of 85 per cent of all cats and dogs at their Norfolk, Virginia "shelter!" What! These stats come from the Virginia Department Of Agriculture and Consumer Services.. My donation will go to our local shelter that has a no kill policy! Even the pet store where I live has the local shelter cats for adoption featured in their store! Better than PETA any time!

Jekaterina D.

Animal testing is a shame for us humans, must stop it some day!

Valentina R.
Valentina R5 years ago

Better late than never.

Darla G.
Darla G5 years ago

Testing on animals is wrong...period.

If you want to test your products on something, use inmates who are on death row. As far as I'm concerned, they lost all of their rights when they committed a heinous crime such as murder.

Deborah D.
Deborah D5 years ago

It will take a very long time to eliminate globally - and YOU as the consumer have to do your own research in order to assure yourself that your cosmetics are not tested on animals.

Many of the representatives of product lines are convinced that their company still does no animal testing. When the fact is that company does not perform testing on animals in countries where it is forbiddenillegal but they still perform it in other countries where the ethics of animal testing have *not* caught up with legalities in that country.

A N M.
anne M5 years ago

It's about high time this is being stopped.

Vicky Pitchford
Vicky P5 years ago

great, I hope it's abolished someday