How do Americans feel about medical testing on animals? A Gallup Poll that has been tracking responses to this question since 2001 revealed last week that 54% of Americans view medical testing on animals as “morally acceptable.”
The good news is that this number is still down dramatically from 2001, when 65% of respondents held that belief.
The bad news, however, is that this number represents—for the first time in several years—a slight increase in support for animal testing since 2017. Last year, 51% of Americans found medical testing on animals to be morally acceptable. Last year’s results showed the lowest level of support on record for the practice since Gallup began polling on the issue.
Accordingly, the percentage of individuals who view medical testing on animals as “morally wrong” increased, from 26% in 2001 to 43% in 2018. Last year, 44% of Americans held this view.
For more information, see: Gallup
This slight shift in opinion on animal use was mirrored in other questions pertaining to animal-related issues, including animal cloning.
Last year, 32% of Americans felt that animal cloning was morally acceptable. That number jumped to 40% in this year, and is now the highest on record since Gallup began polling on that issue in 2001.
We are disappointed by this small shift in public perception on animal-related issues. But news like this only makes our commitment to replacing cruel, costly and flawed animal experiments with humane, innovative methods of research even stronger.
Although the animals used in medical research do not have a voice, we do. Please visit the NAVS’ Advocacy Center where you can continue to be the voice for the voiceless and ensure that we continue the momentum to end animal experimentation.
Also, please consider making a donation to NAVS today so that we can continue our vital work to end the exploitation of animals used in science. Thank you[DONATE]