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Down with animal testing: Study reveals more people oppose the controversial practice

[Ed. Note: Also read Mounting Opposition to Vivisection.]

By Christine Marie, This Dish Is Veg
July 2012

According to a new study published in the Spring 2012 issue of Contexts magazine, a publication of the American Sociological Association, moral opposition to animal testing has significantly increased since 2001.

The Gallup Organization, which provides statistical research services, independently surveyed approximately 1,000 American adults each year from 2001 to 2011, asking them if they believed "medical testing on animals" was "morally acceptable" or "morally wrong." Researchers from two universities and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) examined the data.

The data revealed the following:

This study undoubtedly reveals the public's growing distaste for animal experimentation.

"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," says study co-author Justin Goodman, an associate director at PETA.

An earlier version of this weighted study received the "Best Poster Award in the Public Accountability category" at the "8th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences in Montreal."