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Americans Agree: Animal Testing Is Wrong

Written by Michelle Kretzer | July 6, 2012

The movement to end vivisection is gaining more allies every year as groups like PETA continue to find creative new ways to expose the cruelty that millions of mice, rats, dogs, primates, and other animals are forced to endure in laboratories. The proof is in the numbers!

PETA, along with researchers from the University of Alabama–Birmingham and Manhattanville College, studied the results of independent Gallup polls conducted from 2001 to 2011, in each of which approximately 1,000 Americans were asked whether they found “medical testing on animals” to be “morally acceptable” or “morally wrong.” The results are heartening: Opposition to animal testing increased overall, across all age groups and political affiliations and both genders.

According to the surveys, the majority of adults ages 18 to 29 and the majority of women are opposed to animal testing. And nearly half of all adults don’t approve of the fact that animals are burned, poisoned, and hacked apart in laboratories.

The study (which is just one of the many that PETA’s team of scientists has published in peer-reviewed journals) makes one thing abundantly clear: The tide is turning in favor of getting animals out of laboratories.

Help us make sure that public policies evolve with society’s growing compassion for animals. Please e-mail your senators and representatives and ask them to stand with their constituents and stop funneling taxpayer money into cruel experiments on animals.

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  • Jacob says:

    Animal testing is not only entirely irrelevant but also cruel and heartless

  • Rose says:

    I hate animal testing. I think it is a cruel thing to do to a poor helpless animal. I mean how would it fell if you were the one being tested on?

  • Lisa says:

    I think its a bad idea. Most humans wouldnt want to be tested on,so why should they test on animals.

  • keith says:

    Cynical maybe., but I bet it’ll be another 100 years or more and billions more animals dying before it all ends. Why, even in the UK animal testing is increasing by the year ! and while $ £ euro’s are thrown at these vivisectors nothing ain’t going to change at all..

  • nick says:

    Man this is so sad. We have such lack of respect for the nature.

  • Kalama Halamezad says:

    Not exactly a great measure here considering that if we look at 2003 (chosen because it’s easy to find the reports) 33% of those polled found medical testing on animals “morally unacceptable”, but only 12% “strongly support” a total ban on the practice. If we lump in people that “somewhat support” banning research, you get over the 30% hump. So what’s that mean? That 21% of people think that it’s a necessary evil, since they only ‘sort of’ support any effort to ban research? Also, the numbers for “product testing” and “medical testing” are practically identical, which makes it look like the respondents didn’t know how to differentiate between the two. (and we all know that more people find testing cosmetic products on animals far more repugnant that research that may be justified for its medical benefits).