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Nearly Half of Adults Find Animal Testing 'Morally Wrong,' Say Researchers
For Immediate Release:June 27, 2012
Contact:Kaitlynn Kelly 202-483-7382
Norfolk, Va. -- A new study published in the spring 2012
issue of Contexts, the research magazine of the American Sociological Association,
reveals significant increases in moral opposition to animal testing in the U.S.
Researchers from the University of Alabama–Birmingham,
Manhattanville College, and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
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." They found the following:
"This study clearly shows public opinion turning
against cutting up, poisoning, and killing animals in experiments," says
study co-author Justin Goodman, an associate director at PETA and adjunct
instructor of sociology at Marymount University in Arlington, Va. "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
The study was weighted to ensure that the data were
nationally representative. An earlier version of this study was presented at
the 8th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life
Sciences in Montréal, where it received the Best Poster Award in the Public
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